It is frequently stated that the status and working conditions of nurses are low because nursing is a female profession dominated by male physicians. This paper contends that the current situation is primarily the result of the nursing education and service systems which discourage independent thinking and initiative.
In Israel, men constitute less than 10% of the nursing manpower pool, but the percent is slowly increasing. The percentage of male applicants admitted to schools of nursing is lower than that of women. However, after graduation the men have greater work retention and achieve higher positions than their female colleagues.
Nursing requires more and better candidates. Academization of nursing could, it is believed, attract both male and female applicants of stature. Graduates of such programmes should be qualified to raise the status, material and other rewards for nursing.