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Census data show the gender gap in nursing has narrowed a little since 1970, when only about 3 percent of nurses were men. Nearly 300,000 registered nurses were involved in both data sets.More men are getting nursing degrees than in previous decades, so the gender gap is likely to continue to shrink, said Peter Mc Menamin, health economist for the American Nurses Association, an advocacy group. The researchers analyzed 1990-2008 salary trends from a discontinued government survey of registered nurses, and from U.

As he struggled to come to terms with this “coincidence” I offered the explanation that as opposites attract, it is likely that people-focused, comparatively extrovert professionals will march up with their alter egos, the less socially-interactive technical types.

The gap was smaller in hospitals than in outpatient centers but it existed in all nursing specialties except orthopedics.

Among the more than 2 million registered nurses nationwide, about 10 percent are men, according to 2013 data, the most recent year studied.

The gender gap for registered nurses' salaries amounts to a little over ,000 yearly on average and it hasn't budged in more than 20 years.

That pay gap may not sound big — it's smaller than in many other professions — but over a long career, it adds up to more than 0,000, said study author Ulrike Muench, a professor and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco.'We were somewhat surprised to see that this gap was so persistent over the years, given the female-dominated profession where you would think women may have caught up with men' or surpassed them, Muench said.