Men in Nursing, a medical anthropology video, features five male nurses in California and their experiences in a gendered healthcare workforce. Latino, Asian, and African American male nurses, nurse students, and directors of nursing programs discuss the adrenalin surge in emergency rooms and the gratification of keeping babies healthy in newborn intensive care units. Male nurses tell their stories of overcoming stereotypes and achieving success in a traditionally female dominated professional.
The video targets young adult males (ages 16-24) to encourage them to consider nursing as a viable career, and pressures medical anthropologists engaged in health policy to increase the number of male nurses. The film is a digital intervention to reduce nursing shortages in California and the U.S. generally. Marty Otañez and Bob Patterson, RN and administrative director of the California Institute for Nursing and Healthcare (cinhc.org) co-produced Men in Nursing in 2009.
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Marty Otañez, Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado Denver