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American Association for Men in Nursing names Pitt one of the best nursing schools for men

The American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) has recognized Pitt Nursing as one of the top schools for men in nursing in the country for 2022

Pitt Nursing was honored during the organization’s 47th annual conference in Orlando, Florida in October.

“Recruitment and retaining of male students in schools of nursing across the country has been a challenge due to biases that the profession is mainly for females,” said Dr. Julius Kitutu, associate dean for student affairs & alumni relations and chief diversity officer. “Pitt Nursing has created an inclusive environment for all students, resulting in great strides in increasing male enrollment.”

In 2000, 9.17% of the student population in the undergraduate BSN program at Pitt Nursing were males. That number has increased to 11% in 2022. When you include the graduate programs at Pitt Nursing, nearly 14% of the student population are males, nearly a 2% above the national average in the nursing profession.

The AAMN considers several factors when awarding the top honor. According to the organization’s website, the purpose of the award is “to recognize a nursing school or college that has provided significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing, in providing men a supportive educational environment, and in educating faculty, students and the community about the contributions men have and do make to the nursing profession.”

“At present, about 12% of nurses across the country are men and many of them are in advanced practice roles. Hopefully, this recognition by the AAMN will attract more male applicants to Pitt Nursing,” said Jacqueline Dunbar-Jacob, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean and Distinguished Service Professor of Nursing.

This is the first time Pitt Nursing has been recognized as one of the AAMN’s best schools for men in nursing.