Men on the ward: The need to get more men into nursing


NEW YORK: YOU could be forgiven for being just a little taken aback when James Geoghegan tells you he’s a nurse.

Standing at just under six feet tall and with the shoulders of a professional rugby player, the 36-year-old is the very antithesis of the petite and strong-willed stereotype that many have of nurses.

Oh, and yes, he is a man.

“People are still surprised,” he says.

“The perception is that it’s a totally female-dominated profession. The stereotypes are still there and it’s mainly among older people. But it doesn’t take long for people to get used to it and when you’re nursing them it’s no problem at all.”

Geoghegan was bitten by the nursing bug after a stint in St Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea, Galway at the age of 16.

Like so many young people he was at a loss as to what to do with himself after his Leaving Certificate, so he decided to pursue an arts degree in Maynooth.


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