UWO receives Men in Nursing Award


Andrew Hansen, News Writer

UW Oshkosh, along with eight other universities, were honored at the 45th annual American Association for Men in Nursing (AAMN) conference held Oct. 14-16.

This marks the third year in a row the university has received honors from AAMN and marks the sixth award given overall.

Qualifications for the award include putting forth significant efforts in recruiting and retaining men in nursing, providing men a supportive educational environment, and educating faculty, students and the community about the contributions men have and do make to the nursing profession.

From there, the nursing school or college must produce evidence that its efforts have resulted in an increased number of men applying or admitted into the program or note in increased retention or improvement among men in nursing.

In 2014 as well as 2019, UWO nursing professor Brent MacWilliams received the Gene Tranbarger Writing Award, in recognition of two separate pieces he wrote about men in nursing and men’s health.

Advancing Men in Nursing provides a framework for nurses to meet and discuss influence factors which affect men as nurses. In addition to this, the organization seeks to encourage men of all ages to become nurses, support men who are nurses and advocate for the continued research and development of information about men’s health.

Other schools that received the 2020 award include John Hopkins University, Rutgers University, Duke University, Vanderbilt University, Nebraska Methodist College, Lewis University and the University of Alabama-Birmingham.