Anyone who has visited a hospital or GP surgery in the last few years might have noticed that there are more male nurses working in the healthcare sector than ever before.
Despite this, men are still a minority in the profession with just over one in ten nurses being male according to statistics from the Nursing & Midwifery Council.
However, for many men who choose to go into the field it can be a rewarding career that has a variety of specialist areas and promotion opportunities available to those who successfully complete a nursing degree.
High Dependency Nursing
Joseph is a Staff Nurse at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. He works on the Medical High Dependency Ward where he cares for patients with single organ failure.
As individuals on his ward are usually very ill, each nurse has responsibility for just two patients at a time. Duties range from washing patients to taking blood tests and giving medication, as well as providing respiratory and renal support.
He first qualified as a nurse in 2013, initially working in respiratory medicine after becoming interested in the field during one of his degree placements. He moved to his current ward to develop a broader set of skills and advance his nursing career.
Joseph loves interacting with patients and their families and appreciates it when they thank him for the care he provides.
He enjoys building a rapport with patients and feels particularly privileged when working in end of life care, helping to give patients the dignity and respect they need.
Mental Health Nursing
Kumar is a Mental Health Staff Nurse who cares for patients who are aged 65 and over with illnesses such as dementia, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
His duties include completing care plans, accompanying doctors on ward rounds and administering medication.
He first entered the profession at the age of 30, qualifying as a nurse in 2014. What he enjoys most is seeing how patients progress while they are in hospital, as well as working on the rest of the team. He has also enjoyed helping train staff in control and restraint as well as conflict resolution.
Chris is a Dementia Nurse Specialist at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, working both in Royal Bolton Hospital and out in the community.
Clinical nurse specialists care for patients in one of several areas, including paediatrics, geriatrics, oncology and emergency care. Chris' duties include assessing patients, supporting relatives and carers, and processing referrals in suspected abuse cases.
He started to work towards becoming a nurse specialist after his initial training, when he took up his first role within a neuro-rehabilitation team which sparked an interest in the area.
Chris says that the best thing about his job is that it is completely different from day to day and had led him to meet many fascinating people.
He gains the most gratification from helping to bring out the person in his dementia patient again and improving quality of life.
Once you have qualified, pay for a starting role in nursing typically begins at £22,128 (Band 5 on the NHS Agenda for Change pay scale).
Nurses can progress upwards through the pay scale as they take up new posts, depending on skills and experience.