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More men becoming nurses, according to numbers from polytechnics and health-care institutions

Published on Aug 6, 2014 7:01 AM
Tan Tock Seng Hospital nurses Christopher Lee (left) and Christopher Soh. Mr Lee works in the orthopaedic department, while Mr Soh works in the emergency department. The additional demand for nurses each year is projected to be about 1,400 until 2020. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

More men are signing up to be nurses, if the numbers at the polytechnics and health-care institutions are anything to go by.

Many of them cite job stability and the rapidly growing health-care sector as major pull factors.

At Nanyang Poly (NYP), 18 per cent of the 600 students on its nursing course this year are males. This is up from the 14 per cent in 2010.

At Ngee Ann Poly, male students made up 15 per cent of the cohort when its nursing programme started in 2005. This has since gone up to 20 per cent.

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