Description: This book, written by two male nurses, informs the reader how men work, succeed, and survive in nursing.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the isolation men feel in this predominately female profession and to discuss the need for gender equality in nursing.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is men in nursing, both students and practicing nurses, but it should also be read by female nurses so that they can more fully understand the gender inequality that occurs in nursing education and practice.
Features: The 15 chapters are grouped into four sections covering the history of men in nursing, current issues, international perspectives, and future directions. Also included is a list of U.S. nursing schools for men, curriculum recommendations, the top 10 barriers men face, and other research data. An epilogue by one of the editors ends the book.
Assessment: This book is the first of its kind and a very valuable addition to the nursing literature. The editors and contributing authors bring to light the vast contributions men have made in nursing over time, and the historical and contemporary barriers they have faced. Much of the information in this book was new to me and I have every belief it will be new to many nurses, both male and female. It is an excellent read and has many implications for nursing education, such as the lack of men's health content, no history of men in nursing, and no coverage of gender differences in communication styles. The many anecdotal stories told by male nurses provide additional interest. This is a much-needed resource to promote gender neutrality in nursing and to improve health care delivery in the 21st century.