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NHS Lothian needs more male nurses

The men in nursing network at Edinburgh Napier University are holding a networking event on Friday 17th May at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh.

 

The event is for men in nursing or anyone in general who is interested to talk about this cause is invited to stop by for a free coffee and have a chat, at the Coffee Club between 11am and 1pm.

 

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs is challenging more men to consider going into nursing and encourage anyone who is interested to talk about men in nursing to go along.

 

NHS Scotland is currently facing a nursing workforce crisis with record number leaving the profession.

 

There is also currently a shortage of male nurses, with number of male nurses being at a 7 year low.

 

Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:

 

“I think for too long young men have avoided professions which were historically seen as only appealing to females, such as nursing and I totally think we need to do more to encourage more men to consider nursing as a career path in the NHS.

 

“It would diversify the workforce, something that’s always worth doing, but more importantly help address the recruitment crisis now and in future. 

“There is absolutely no reason why men can’t go into nursing, and the days of thinking otherwise are long gone.”

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Miles Briggs