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Nurse Recruitment: A Mass Exodus of Nurses Is On the Horizon

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, November 20th, 2014

During the past 35 years, the number of nurses older than 50 more than quadrupled, and the number of nurses ages 35 to 49 doubled, according to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. Older and middle-aged nurses now represent almost three-quarters of the nursing work force. The average age of registered nurses is 47.

nurse retiringHow is your facility planning for the exodus of nurses in the next ten years? What innovative nurse recruitment strategies do you have in place?

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One response to “Nurse Recruitment: A Mass Exodus of Nurses Is On the Horizon”

  1. Jerry Brenner, BS, RN,CEN says:

    Are you so sure that the nurses will be leaving? The same reason that nurse delayed retirement in the 2000s are still on play. I began as a nurse in 2009 at the young age of 47. This is a second career for me, and a great one at that! However, with social Security retirement age inching up all the time, and employer-provided pensions and healthcare declining every year, it’s doubtful that I will be able to retire within the next 10 years. If this is true for me, potentially it is true for many others. The good news is, that there is much expansion for nurses in either Telehealthcare, informatics, research, etc. for my part, I’m going to try to stay in active learners as long as my body will allow! (so far, I’m running rings around the 20-year-olds!).

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