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Men in Nursing: Stereotypes and the battle for recognition

When did men first become nurses? In mental health care, male attendants worked in the men’s wards at asylums from the beginning of the nineteenth century, and in private madhouses even earlier.

For International Men’s Day, historian Louise Hide explains who these men were, and how they fought for recognition in an increasingly feminised profession. When registration for nurses was introduced in 1919, however, trained male nurses were kept on a supplementary register, and men weren’t able to join the RCN until as late as 1960. Martin Johnson, who qualified in 1974, talks about what it was like training and working as a man in a largely female world.

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