The nation faces a shortage in the nursing workforce but the state of Arizona is progressive in combating that issue by hiring more men in a female-dominated field, reports the Phoenix Business Journal.
While the national average of male nurses sits at 11 percent, about 16 percent of nurses in Arizona were men in 2014, according to an annual report from Arizona nursing education programs. However, that was down from 19 percent in 2013.
In both 2013 and 2014, 11 percent of nursing education faculty were male.
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing is attempting to improve the percentage of men entering the field to 20 percent by 2020.
According to the Phoenix Business Journal, 20 percent of men and 80 percent of women were enrolled in Carrington College’s registered nursing associate degree program in Phoenix last fall.