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Number of Male Nurses on the Rise

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)-- Making his daily rounds in the intensive care unit, Trent Thompson often catches new patients by surprise.
"Some patients think that you're doctors," Thompson said.
It's the typical reaction he's gotten for the past three years, working as a registered nurse at Mercy Medical Center.
A job he says is as just as "manly" as any other.
“Some of it takes a lot of male help with lifting and positioning patients and transferring patients," Thompson said.
He helps make up a population of male nurses that's been on the rise nationwide since 1970. According to the U.S. Census Bureau as of 2011, 9.6 percent of all registered nurses were male. That percentage tripled from 2.7 percent in 1970.
"About a third of my staff are male," said William Mausser, nurse manager of Mercy’s ICU.
Of his 49 nurses, 15 are male-- a growing number he says is a good thing and a sign of changing economic times.
"Nursing really is a good strong foundation job," Mausser said.
So much that a third of the candidates he interviews for nursing positions are male-- a trend those in the field say helps remove the stigma of it being a woman's job.
"There is a lot of stereotyping that comes with it," Thompson said.
Stereotypes Thompson hopes he and those who follow in his footsteps can break.
"I enjoy what I do," Thompson said.
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