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A Man’s Guide to a Nursing Career

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Title: A Man’s Guide to a Nursing Career  

Author: Chad E O’Lynn

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, 2013

Reviewer: Jane Brown, patient safety advisor, Worcester Acute NHS Trust

What was it like?

The book is described as a nuts and bolts guide to a career in nursing. It is an American publication. My first thought was this is a bit sexist – why not write a guide for anyone pursuing a nursing career?

Reading further changes the reader’s mind. How many times do we hear “he is a typical male nurse”. This book goes beyond the typical stereotypical role, of the nurse being a female.

One particular chapter title that caught my eye was “does nursing put out the welcome mat to men” but thoughts came to mind that this profession goes beyond just welcoming men. Nursing is a breed and it appears at times at odds with everyone including the shift that went before them.

It guides the reader through potential obstacles the nurse may encounter from sterotypes to bullying.


What were the highlights? 

The author is an RN and has taught nursing at Montana State University and the University of Portland. In 2006 he co-authored the first comprehensive academic book on men in nursing.

The author writes a history of nursing through the biographies of nine really interesting and notable male nurses.

The book is unique and covers a subject possibly not written about previously.

It is well written and easy to read.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This is obviously written for the male nurse training for an RN course in the US so therefore the licensing exam will not be relevant to readers in the UK. The book also addresses the specific needs of second-degree and accelerated programme students again this would not be relevant in the UK.

If the reader looks beyond the fact this is written in the US, it is still a really useful guide as this guides the student from considering nursing school to starting training on day one.

The book focuses on team work, professional development, good leadership and communication.

Good up to date reference guide at the end of each chapter.

Who should read it?

Male students wishing to undertake a career in nursing (but some of the book will not be relevant to the UK reader) and nursing students. It is a good book to have on the reading lists of students and qualified nurses because  every nurse can learn from this book.


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