Men have traditionally been a minority in the nursing field. In fact, there is a significant disparity between the numbers of male and female nurses working today. However, more and more men are choosing to pursue a career in nursing, taking advantage of the high demand for nurses in the medical job market. This demand, when combined with the job security and rewarding income associated with the nursing profession, make it a smart degree choice for students. Nursing programs like the RN to BSN online at Notre Dame College (NDC) recognize the value of all nursing students, male or female. At NDC, we work hard to support and encourage the male nurses in our program to succeed. As a result, we have compiled a list of resources and scholarships specifically for male nurses.
American Assembly for Men in Nursing
The American Assembly for Men in Nursing (AAMN) is a national organization with local chapters across the country. It provides a means for nurses to assemble and discuss the various issues and dynamics commonly experienced by men in the nursing field. This comprehensive resource for male nurses has the following objectives, among others:
- Strengthen and improve health care.
- Encourage men to become nurses.
- Support male nurses both professionally and individually.
- Promote research and education about men’s health issues.
There are several Ohio chapters of the AAMN throughout the state. These local chapters are part of the national structure of the AAMN and provide regional support for male nurses. The non-university Ohio chapters and their respective contact information are as follows:
Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Contact: Ed Ruffennach, Jr.
Mid-Ohio American Assembly for Men in Nursing
Contact: Paul Pollack
AAMN membership is open to any nurse and available by application. Visit aamn.org for more information regarding membership.
Male nurses and nursing students have an advantage when it comes to scholarships and grants. This is due to their much smaller numbers when compared with female nurses. Some of these scholarships are offered by the AAMN, but there are other sources of funding as well. This list will help you get started in making your nursing education both affordable and attainable.
Jadeh Marselis-Moore Student Nurse Essay Contest
This is a $500 undergraduate scholarship. Applicants must be current members of the AAMN and male undergraduate students enrolled in licensed nursing programs. Applicants must also have completed at least one academic term in a nursing program. Task: write a 500-word essay titled “Why I Chose Nursing as a Career.”
MurseWorld Student Nurse Essay Contest
A $500 undergraduate scholarship, this award is open to current AAMN members. Applicants must be male undergraduate students enrolled in licensed nursing programs. Applicants must have also completed at least one academic term in a nursing program. Task: write a 500-word essay titled “Why I Chose Nursing as a Career.”
AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
This $500 undergraduate scholarship can be awarded to six AAMN members. Applicants must be male undergraduate students enrolled in licensed nursing programs. Applicants must have also completed at least one academic term in a nursing program. Task: write a 500-word essay titled “Why I Chose Nursing as a Career.”
AAMN Foundation Student Nurse Essay Contest
This $1,000 graduate scholarship is available for two AAMN members. Applicants must be male graduate students who currently have a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Task: write a 500-word essay titled “Why I Chose Nursing as a Career.”
For more information and to apply for AAMN scholarships, visit aamn.org/awards.
Henry Dunant Scholarship for Male Nursing Students
This $250 scholarship is open to undergraduate male nursing students who are currently enrolled in accredited nursing programs. Applicants must have a 2.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale. Task: write a one- to two-page essay on the history of men in nursing.
For more information and to apply, visit discovernursing.com.
William K. Schubert Minority Nursing Scholarship
This award offers a maximum of $2,750 per year and is offered by Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. It is open to undergraduate nursing students who are working toward becoming pediatric nurses. Applicants must be members of underrepresented groups in the nursing profession, including male nurses. Applicants must also be enrolled or accepted into a professional nursing program at an accredited school, either on a full-time or part-time basis. Applicants must be seeking initial licensure as a RN in the state of Ohio.
For more information and to apply, visit cincinnattichildrens.org.
These valuable sources of information and funding can help you realize your nursing career goals. Whether you are looking for a community of fellow male nurses or ways to make your education more affordable, these resources are a great place to start. Visit our Programs page for more information on NDC’s online RN to BSN degree.