Volume 93, Issue 56

Wednesday, January 26, 2000


Twelve hopefuls run for USC office

CFS urges students to return scholarships

Biz school ranking is top notch

Access 2000 campaign poised to take off

More Toms, Dicks and Harrys needed as nurses

Royal bank CEO hints at change


Bass Ackwards

Caught on Campus

More Toms, Dicks and Harrys needed as nurses

By Stephanie Cesca
Gazette Staff

As the demand for nurses rises throughout the nation, many in the field feel affirmative action must be taken to bring more men into the profession.

Deborah Tamlyn, dean of nursing at the University of Calgary, said the lack of males in the profession is a problem which demands attention. "I've been saying this is an idea that needs to be addressed. We have to be much more successful in recruiting males," she said.

Presently, only 10 per cent of U of C's nursing students are men. "I think it could be moved up as high as 20 per cent," she said, adding of Alberta's 25,000 nurses, approximately 700 are men.

Nationally, less than five per cent of nurses are men, but Tamlyn said there are signs of change.

"There is some beginning evidence that men are considering nursing as a field," Tamlyn said, commending two new post-graduate nursing programs at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. She explained these programs attract more males who were not immediately interested in the program when they left highschool. She added 70 per cent of U of C's male nursing students already have another degree.

To make the programs more inticing, Tamlyn said more funding to initiate financial aid programs is needed.

Ed Greenberg, spokesperson for the Ministry of Education in Alberta, explained a program, entitled Access, allows the Ministry to allot funds to programs which are in high demand in the work force. "Nursing and high technology programs were the ones identified by institutions to be in high demand [this year]," he said.

As a result, Greenberg said the Ministry allowed 195 more places in nursing programs throughout the province.

Greenberg said the Ministry was not aware of the need for further funding to create a gender balance within the programs. However, he added if it demanded attention, the Ministry would address the issue.

Cathy Dunlop, a nursing professor at Western, agreed a gender gap existed in nursing. "We need to recruit more men in this profession."

She said between five and 10 per cent of undergraduate nursing students at Western are men.

A masters program also exists at Western, she said. "It's a smaller program. From my knowledge, there's not a lot of men in it."

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