Is There Value in Retaining the “Older” Nurse?

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, October 7th, 2009

oldnurses1Is there value in retaining the older nurse in an increasingly chaotic health care system? The answer is a resounding yes!

Most of us baby boomers aged 55 and over are healthy and vibrant with a robust 10 to 30 years of additional life expectancy. Yet more than 82 percent of nurses over 40 plan to retire in the next 20 years.

Most are  intuitive and accomplished in their decision-making skills and, according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Wisdom at Work Report, “Salt of the earth” team players.

As I travel and speak to thousands of nurses each year, the “older” nurses tell me they would love to work more years, if some simple accommodations could be made. In my Each One Reach One Nurse initiative, we list ideas to help retain these experienced wise nurses. Contact me to help your hospital find these solutions, specifically for your staff.

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