Nursing News: Nurses Postponing Retirement, Affecting Nurse Recruitment and Aiding the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, May 8th, 2012

Nurse retention Many nurses have not retired on the date they had always planned, which could be a reason nurse recruitment has fallen by the wayside, but is also a big issue when it comes to the nursing shortage. 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, an independent, nongovernment organization. Older and middle-aged nurses now represent almost three-quarters of the nursing work force. The average age of registered nurses is 47.

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