The Men in Nursing initiative at GCC is specifically designed to attract males into the nursing profession by breaking down the traditional stereotype of nursing as a female profession. Click here to read the NerdScholar article about men in nursing.

Why male nurses are in demand

  • Registered Nurses held about 2.6 million jobs in 2008, only 6.6% of them are male.
  • The average salary for an experienced nurse is about $68,594 per year. 
  • New graduate (entry level) nurses earned an average of $53,376 per year. **
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (September 2010), more than one million new nurses will be needed by 2016*
  • Registered nurses remain the top occupation for the largest job growth. Government analysts project that more than 581,500 new RN jobs will be created through 2018.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2010
**Connecticut Department of Labor, 2010

Choose a rewarding career where you will…

  • Impact lives on a daily basis.
  • Have endless job opportunities in a variety of healthcare settings.
  • Enjoy opportunities for constant career development and continuing education.
  • Choose flexible work hours
  • Earn great pay with job stability.
  • Explore your options to travel while you work as a traveling nurse.

For more information about GCC’s Men in Nursing initiative contact Sam Osei, RN at (203) 285-2440 or by email at or Mary Beth Banks at

Men in Nursing Scholarship Established
As part of GCC’s continuing efforts to foster greater gender diversity in the nursing profession, the Gateway Community College Foundation is offering a $500 scholarship for the 2016-17 academic year for a male nursing student accepted into GCC’s nursing program.

Applicants must also prove a need for financial support, have a minimum 2.7 GPA and meet additional criteria. The scholarship was established by Sam Osei, R.N., a 2006 graduate of GCC’s nursing program, to advance the college’s Gateway Men Embrace Nursing (G-MEN) initiative.