Female nurse is not the only female nurse facing discrimination in the nursing industry.
And it’s not just for the reasons the men of the profession might think.
Read moreThe practice of male nurses taking up space in female facilities to provide care, such as in the ER, has long been a point of contention.
In fact, in the past two decades, more women have joined the nursing profession in New York than men.
Now, a growing number of the women in nursing are speaking out about the sexism they face in their profession.
And it’s the second time this year that New York has seen the number of female nurses rise.
Last week, the City Council passed a resolution calling for female nurses to be given equal access to the hospital.
New York Gov.
Andrew Cuomo also signed a bill last month that would create a national task force to address the issue.
But the fight against sexism in the industry isn’t just about quotas.
And the fight is being led by women in the field, said Liz McEwan, president of the Nurses Association of New York.
The nurse who’s in charge of the problemWomen and men alike have faced discrimination in nursing in the workplace since the mid-19th century.
Many female nurses worked for their families and in the home, often on lower wages than their male colleagues.
As women entered the profession, the work environment became more and more male-dominated.
But women have been on the front lines of the battle against sexism.
More than two decades ago, the Nursers Association of the United States, or NASUW, launched a national campaign called “Women in Nursing: Make Your Voice Heard” to encourage women to speak out about their experience.
Since then, the group has been pushing for more female nurses and working to end discrimination.
“We are seeing an increase in female nurses, so I think the problem is very, very serious,” McEwen said.
“I think it’s very real.”
But the fight has gotten more complicated in recent years, thanks to a shift in nursing culture, said Rebecca Geller, the executive director of NASUw, who also is the co-author of the New York Times bestseller “How to Make It in Nursing.”
Women have been doing more work, so it’s been more difficult for them to be paid as well as promoted, she said.
The problem is that they’re doing more of it, and the work that they do is more dangerous.
“What is being lost in this conversation is a lot of the work and the women are doing it, not the men,” Geller said.
McEwan agreed, saying the number one challenge for female nursing has always been making sure women are getting equal pay.
The challenge is especially acute for female employees.
Women who make up a third of nursing graduates in New Jersey are now paid about 80 cents for every dollar earned by a male student, she explained.
That means if a male nurse leaves the profession to become a nurse-midwife or nurse-supervisor, they earn less than the woman who holds that position.
Geller believes the lack of parity in pay for women is also a major issue in nursing today.
“The way that pay is structured, it’s a little bit different than it used to be,” she said, adding that it’s harder to recruit women to join a nursing program, which is often a barrier to women’s advancement.
“There’s a lot more diversity,” she says.
“Women have always been in the workforce.
But it’s difficult because we have a very male-centric culture.”
New York State has recently begun looking at ways to address gender disparities in nursing, but McElwanes work is not limited to improving pay for female workers.
The state is also looking at a number of other efforts aimed at making sure female nurses are able to access quality, affordable health care, she added.
In the past, NASUWs work was mostly focused on making sure male nurses were not taking up too much of the nursing space, but that’s changing.
“Now, we’re looking at what is an occupational hazard that we’ve got to take a look at,” McElweane said.
The number of nurses in New Hampshire has doubled in the last five years, but the problem isn’t solely about gender.
“We have to get more female students to nursing school, and there are challenges there, too,” Gellers said.
NASUWA recently created a task force that is looking at all of these issues.
The group has also formed an alliance with the American Nurses Assn.
and the American College of Nurse-Midwives to discuss ways to end gender-based discrimination in education and training.
McErwan said NASUWE has long supported more female nursing in New England, including the creation of the state’s Nursing Council, which would be the first statewide body to include more women in leadership roles.
But she said that’s not enough.
“What we need is a national