Tennessee is following a national trend in a slow, steady rise of men in the nursing profession. The U.S. Census Bureau reports that as of 2011, 9.6% of all registered nurses in the U.S. were male. That percentage has tripled in three decades, from 2.7% in 1970. Nursing school officials say the social stigmas associated with men in nursing are disappearing. They say the economic benefits are attracting more males to the field. Medical officials say that men choose nursing instead of other careers in medicine for some of the same reasons women do.
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