A Historical Look at Men’s Involvement in Nursing and Leadership in GAPNA

Brett Morgan, DNP, CRNA, Senior Director of Education and Practice at the AANA, is one of the authors of an article that explores the historical role of men in nursing. The article, published in the journal Geriatric Nursing, takes a look at the contributions of men in nursing—including poet Walt Whitman, who volunteered as a nurse in a Union military hospital during the Civil War—and dispels stereotypes about men who serve in what is known as a predominately female profession.

Dr. Morgan and his co-authors, Benjamin Smallheer, PhD, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC, CCRN, CNE, and Robert Stern, RN, BSN, EMT-CC, also examine men’s involvement in the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association (GAPNA), particularly that of Dr. George Peraza-Smith. As treasurer of GAPNA from 2013 to 2015, Dr. Peraza-Smith was one of the first men to serve on the organization’s board. He shares insights and words of wisdom for men in nursing and those wanting to make an impact in geriatric nursing. Read the article.

(Information provided by AANA)