13% male class a high for School of Nursing

Thirteen for '13. That's the percentage of males in the Summer 2013 Accelerated BSN class at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, highest in its history and far above the national average of working nurses who are male. There are 16 males out of the 122 students enrolled in the 13-month ABSN.

This cohort of students is remarkable for other demographics as well, including average age (28), states represented (29), countries represented (four), percentage holding a graduate degree (14), and percentage reporting a race or ethnicity other than white (31).

"We strive for diversity in every one of our cohorts. It's good for students and for the school," says Nancy Griffin, associate dean for enrollment management and student affairs. "So this is great news. Of course we hope that one day soon this won't be seen as news at all but just the way it's supposed to be. That is the goal."

Nationally, only 9 percent of working nurses are male, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.