by Odille Parker
A profound brotherhood has formed amongst five senior men graduating from the Hope College nursing program this May. Not only have they supported each other in mastering the balance of being student-athletes on five different athletic teams, they’ve also embraced a future in a female-dominated field.
Nick Bazany, Austin Kane, Blair McCormick, Trace Slancik and Logan Shadaia have championed being in the nursing minority, knowing they
have the potential to bring a new perspective and experience for patients and co-workers alike.
“Having the support of these guys around you, guys who understand what you’re going through, is a really big thing for all of us,” McCormick, the men’s soccer goalkeeper from Wadsworth, Illinois, said. “When times are stressful, it’s good to have guys around you to talk about these personal experiences and remind you why you want to be a nurse in the first place.”
After they pass their National Council Licensure Exam this summer, the five will join the 11.4 percent of nurses in America who are male, according to 2018 United States Bureau of Labor statistics. They’re used to that kind of stat. They make up five of the 12 declared male nursing majors at Hope College, with 139 total students in the program.
Pictured, from left, Trace Slancik, Austin Kane, Nick Bazany and Blair McCormick