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Nurses' Accelerating Pace Toward Retirement 'Striking'

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, November 5, 2013

Also, 4% of nurses age 55 and older work less than 10 hours a week. Nurse leaders looking to retain older nurses might also consider changing the work itself, such as using the older nurses for training or precepting, Faller says.

The survey polled 3,413 respondents to get insight about everything from career plans to views about EMRs, the quality of patient care, career satisfaction, and the nursing shortage.

In addition to the new data about nurses' intent to retire, the survey also shows generational gaps in the perception of nursing. For instance, older and younger nurses are somewhat split on their views and opinions about EMRs. When asked whether the use of EMRs at their facility positively influences their job satisfaction, 67% of nurses age 19–39 strongly agreed or agreed, compared to 51% of nurses age 40–54 and 45% of nurses age 55 and older.

Regarding whether EMRs positively influence the quality of patient care, nurses age 19–39 answered in the affirmative at a rate nearly 20% higher than nurses age 55 and older.

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2 comments on "Nurses' Accelerating Pace Toward Retirement 'Striking'"


Janice Freel (11/9/2013 at 2:41 PM)
I have dedicated more than four years to clinical nursing in various nursing specialties. At approaching 62 years old, I'm considering retirement by the end of 2014. Twelve-hour shifts, insufficient salary that commensurate with experience, Frequent changes in EMR documentation, laxity in patient care by young generation nurses are among my priority list which motivates me to retire. Currently, I'm pursuing entrepreneurship in the legal system whereby I may use many of my transferable nursing skills. Moreover, the fiery passion I once had for clinical nursing is rapidly fading.

VE (11/8/2013 at 3:44 PM)
As a older graduate just starting in the field at the age of 48 and unable to get a job due to lack of experience... I hope I find a job before im too old to work!