Nursing students today are from all backgrounds and there are many men in their number. The number of male nurses has been seeing a steady upward climb over the past 20 years. What was once a novelty of sorts, a now become a common occurrence. Male nursing students need not feel outside of their element any longer. They have not only become accepted, they are very welcome additions to this career field. Nursing has over the past few decades managed to become known as a truly equal opportunity career. In the 60s, and even for much of the 70s, male nursing students were extremely rare. This rarity began to change during the early to mid 80s as more men began to enter the elite ranks of nursing. The diversity of individuals in nursing had begun to help change the publics concept of what a nurse was.
Not only are there more men in this cosmopolitan group today, you will also find a great many older nursing students. People tend to think of the word student as being synonymous with younger people in their late teens to early twenties, but with nursing students, you will find a surprisingly large number of people in their 30s, 40s and 50s. These are people looking to change careers as well as those who are looking to begin school after an absence of many years. This group of older students is comprised of those people who have discovered how much opportunity there is today in the field of nursing.
With online nursing opportunities opening up flexible scheduling for individuals, older nursing students are able to attend classes at their own pace .This is very helpful for those who have been away from a school setting for more than a few years. In more traditional college settings, you will not find as many older students in attendance.