Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 24(3) October 2011 : 86-100.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2011.22603

Is There a Glass Escalator for Male Nurses in Canada?

Karen J. Buhr


This study aims to answer two questions: Do male nurses receive a wage premium? and, secondly: Do men ride a "glass escalator" and rise to supervisory positions with a higher probability than women do? Using data from the 2005 National Survey of the Work and Health of Nurses (NSWHN), this study finds that male nurses do have higher odds of being in a higher income bracket if they are registered nurses. Further, male nurses who work as registered psychiatric nurses have a very small, but higher likelihood of being in a supervisory position, thus providing small evidence of the existence of a glass escalator within the labour market for nurses in Canada.



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