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Penn Nursing Just for Kids - Can boys be nurses too?

Can boys be nurses, too?

Yes, of course! In fact, there are about 200,000 male nurses in the United States. More men than ever are choosing nursing, and there will only be more in the future.  And don’t worry! Male nurses say they feel very comfortable at work and never feel left out.  One nursing magazine even compares nursing to the Marines, because it’s that TOUGH.

Check out what some of the really big boys (Penn nurses) have to say about why they chose nursing:

"My entire family is a group of nurses. It has been in my blood ever since I was a child and I grew up learning about the job. Now I have the opportunity to make myself a ‘super-nurse’ here at Penn. I really want to become a Pediatric nurse one day because I love kids!"

-Anthony Zarate, from Mount Vernon, NY

"I was drawn to nursing because I wanted to be able to spend time with patients. I want to be a flight nurse and eventually become a Nurse Practitioner."

-David Allen, from Nanick, MA

"I knew I wanted to be part of the medical field; however, when I started to find out more about nursing, I was amazed at the opportunities … I  fell in love with nursing. I'm hoping to become a Nurse Practitioner one day."

-Steven Cabrera from Bronx, NY


“Nursing has always interested me since high school and the reason why I chose it is because I want to be part of something that can help people."

–Andres Sepulveda, from Middlesex, NJ

"I have family members who are both physicians [doctors] and nurses, so thankfully I was able to see the differences. I was swayed to nursing because I was able to sense that doctors may cure diseases, but nurses cure people. And I love patient interaction!"

–Spencer Stubbs, from South Plainfield, NJ

Did you know?

Male Nurse Magazine ranks The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing as the most male-friendly nursing school in the whole country!

 Also, we’ve won the “Best School/College for Men in Nursing” award from the American Assembly for Men in Nursing two years in a row!!!

That means that of all 1,700 nursing schools in the United States, men like us best!