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Nurses' Accelerating Pace Toward Retirement 'Striking'

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

Faller also says that older nurses are a bit more cynical about the quality of patient care. Older nurses tend to say patient care is worse than it used to be, whereas younger nurses say it's better, a difference that Faller attributes to nurses being busier and having sicker patients than in the past.

"Patient care in hospitals has really changed dramatically," Faller says. There's now little time for nurses to have long conversations with patients at the bedside or to give them "the backrubs that we used to give when I graduated from nursing school," she says.

As older nurses start retiring at a faster clip, the people who remember when such intimate and personal care was the norm will dwindle. Nurse leaders should start thinking now about what that will mean for their hospitals and for patients.

"I think we've been expecting it. I don't think it will be a surprise. I think it will be a little scary," Faller says. "They know it's going to happen… it's just a matter of when."


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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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!