The Men in Nursing group was established to provide a safe space for union members who by virtue of choosing a ‘non-traditional' and highly gendered profession encounter a unique set of challenges.
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Though there have always been men in the nursing, since the mid 19th century and the advent of the ‘Nightingale System', the profession of nursing has been almost the exclusive province of women. While social norms have changed over the decades the fact that men represent only about 5% of the total nursing workforce suggests that the gendered nature of nursing work is not so easily broken down.
Men who enter the profession of nursing do so for a variety of reasons. However their experiences - from nursing school to the workplace - can sometimes be marked by various forms of gender bias. Such bias may be exhibited by colleagues at work or through social stereotypes that may serve to question the masculinity of men who enter the nursing profession.
The Men in Nursing Group works towards creating a more inclusive union by challenging the gendered nature of nursing and encouraging more men to enter the profession.
BCNU is committed to creating a union where gender is understood as a socially constructed phenomenon that can and should be transcended and that true inclusivity often requires challenging restrictive social norms and outdated stereotypes.
The Men in Nursing meets twice a year. At these meetings regional group representatives gather to discuss ways of promoting nursing as a profession for men, to address issues of gender bias in health care and to challenge patriarchal gender norms. These meetings are attended by one group representative from each BCNU region, along with a BCNU council liason and BCNU's diversity officer. Regional group representatives provide reports on regional issues and carry back to their regions the energy and ideas from the group meetings - with the ultimate goal of establishing a Men in Nursing Group in every region of the province.
Group members are actively involved in all facets of union life - from serving on steward teams to attending union sponsored events. In addition group members have been actively involved in the Movember campaign and to engaging in the valuable work of inviting men to consider nursing as a profession. Group members are committed to challenging gender norms and the stereotypes they foster - in health care and every other facet of society. Men in Nursing look forward to continuing to support the work of the four equity-seeking groups.
One member from each region serves in the role of regional representative to this group, linking their region to others through this vehicle. Other members who identify with or have an interest in this group can request to be placed on the group network. In doing so you will be kept in the loop about group activities and regional events that are focused on human rights and equity. To join the network, email us your address.
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