Are you celebrating International Men’s Day today? We certainly are, and see the event as the perfect chance to welcome new male recruits to our nursing agency!
International Men’s Day is held annually on November 19 to celebrate the value men bring to the world, their families and communities. It’s a chance to highlight positive role models and raise awareness of men’s wellbeing – something that we like to think we’re quite good at doing here at Richmond Nursing all year round!
There’s little doubt that nursing remains largely a female domain. Of the 690,000 registered nurses* in the UK, less than 75,000 – 10.8% – are men. Did you know that, in 1919, men were even banned from the General Register, although they could work in asylums, where their physical strength was viewed as an advantage? These perceptions have been sadly slow to change over the years, despite a recognised need to recruit more men to the profession.
Here in Wales, in 2017 the Welsh Government launched its Train, Work, Live campaign; not explicitly targeting male health professionals but with the very distinct message that they are welcome. But what are the benefits of having more men within nursing? Well, surely any workplace benefits from diversity, which leads to a greater representation of its customer base, or, in our case, our patients.
Paul Davies, who lives in Porthcawl, has been a valued Richmond nurse in one guise or another for several years. Paul said:
“I qualified as a nurse in 2007. I’d come back to Wales from New Zealand, and on my return I found it was difficult to get a job, but I’d always had leanings towards the care sector and became a care assistant. I progressed to assistant manager of a care home in Porthcawl and the next step was to enroll as a student nurse, successfully qualifying.”
My first job as a qualified nurse was in Neath Port Talbot in orthopaedics. Whilst it was only a temporary position I loved it, I then got my first full time position in AMU in the Princess of Wales Hospital. I enjoyed working the odd shift for Richmond whilst I was working within the NHS and when I retired two and a half years ago, it seemed the obvious step to continue with the agency. In the NHS, I only ever had one Christmas off, so now I love choosing my shifts around plans with my wife and daughter!”
Paul describes his experiences as a Richmond agency nurse as ‘very positive’, adding:
“Richmond definitely values my background and experience. I have always taken up all the training I can, so I have an extensive clinical skillset which I put into practice daily. The team is really friendly and is just like a family. I like to keep fit by going to the gym and jogging, which I can do around my shifts. I absolutely love my work and have no plans to fully retire just yet!”
We’re currently recruiting nurses – male and female! – and healthcare assistants with at least six months’ experience in your chosen field. You need a valid NMC/HPCP pin number and must be committed and dedicated. Registering takes just two minutes – simply call us today on 01554 756148 or sign our declaration and we’ll do the rest!
* Figures from the RCN, May 2018