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Calendar recruits males to nursing

December 15, 2004

Albany -- The nursing shortage in Georgia is a very big concern to the medical field. Experts say more men are needed in nursing, so to grab attention they are using a calendar of male nurses to attract more to the profession.

Greg Steele is an oncology nurse at Phoebe Putney Hospital, and Mr June in the Scrubs 2005 Calendar. The 30 year old Ohio native has been at Phoebe four and a half years, and is already the team leader of two departments. Steele said "We do high dose chemotherapy for patients who need stem cell transplants. And give them remissions that they can't get from standard chemotherapy."

The male nurse calendar is the brainchild of the Georgia Area Health Education Centers. Steele agreed to be in it, because he knows the nursing shortage is a critical problem. Steele said "The average age of a nurse is 49 years old. And we are already about 250-thousand positions short in the United States. So if we are going to make up deficit, we have to get men."

Steele works with stem cell transplants and cleansing blood. A fulfilling high tech career that he recommends. Steele said "There are so many good things about being a professional nurse, but how rewarding it is has to be one of the best."

Greg Steele is one of 13 male nurses from across Georgia highlited in the calendar.

Scrubs 2005 has been distributed to colleges and high schools across the state, to market the high paying profession that needs people.

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