Nursing Profession Blog: Work Life Balance a Struggle for Older Nurses

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

During the past 35 years, the nursing profession has experienced an interesting trend: The number of nurses 50 years and older has 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 a registered nurse is 47.

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Nurse writing on whiteboard --- Image by © Simon Jarratt/Corbis

During their long careers, nursing professionals will constantly struggle with work life balance; giving themselves completely to their career and rarely taking the proper steps towards their own health and happiness. My “Self Care for Healthcare” encourages nurses of all ages, but especially those older nurses who have neglected themselves for many years, to take proper steps towards spiritual, mental and physical health.

What is your facility’s plan for nurse recruitment and nurse retention knowing that there will be a vast exodus of nurses in the next ten years? Do you have programs to help your nurses with work life balance?

As a nurse speaker, I specialize in nurse recruitment, nurse retention, and work life balance and can help improve morale, retention and recruitment. CONTACT ME TODAY to talk about my powerful keynotes, workshops and programs. I look forward to helping your organization achieve its goals.


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