Nursing News: Nurses Being Forced to Retire Directly Affecting Nurse Retention

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, July 26th, 2012

Each year the nursing profession loses a higher number of nurses to retirement than it can replace, and facilities are working to identify nurse retention strategies. While some nurses retire early to pursue other careers, it appears that there are ways to encourage nurses to remain in the profession.

A study conducted by June Marie Kirschling, DNS, RN, FAAN, examines nurse retention factors. She found that the biggest predictor of whether a nurse would continue to work rather than retiring was whether additional hours were added to his or her schedule. The most beneficial range was around 11 additional hours, with nurses being about 3 times as likely to stay when they were able to work about that many additional hours. Fewer hours additional still had a positive effect but it was less marked. When many more additional hours were offered, there was actually a negative effect, with nurses being about 11 times more likely to leave when 21 or more additional hours were added.

Beyond an additional 11 hours, the likelihood of nurses to leave the job increases significantly. When more than 21 hours are added, nurses were 10.99 times more likely to leave the job.

The desire to change hours had little effect on the predictability of nurses remaining in the profession when age was taken into consideration. Older nurses were less likely than younger nurses to remain in the profession for the next five years.

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