This article, drawn from a larger study, reports on the factors which have influenced the choice of a group of New Zealand male nurses’ clinical career pathways. Using discourse analysis, interview data from 18 participants were analyzed and related to existing literature on male nurses. The analysis reveals that the predominance of men in selected areas of nursing can be attributed to multiple factors including: socialisation pressures that are grounded on gender stereotyping, a desire for challenge, homosocial tendencies, and the belief that multiple work experience equips them to be better nurses. The results challenge essentialist readings of masculinity within the context of nursing and identifies challenges for the nursing education and the profession to enable men to contribute more widely to nursing.