Title

Why do older RNs keep working?

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Lippincott Williams and Wilkins

Faculty

Faculty of Health, Engineering and Science

School

School of Nursing and Midwifery

RAS ID

18745

Comments

This article was originally published as: Graham E., Donoghue J., Duffield C., Griffiths R., Bichel-Findlay J., Dimitrelis S. (2014). Why do older RNs keep working?. Journal of Nursing Administration, 44(11), 591-597. Original article available here

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To identify the reasons older RNs (≥45 years) remain in the healthcare workforce.BACKGROUND: Despite predictions of early retirements of older nurses, many continue to work past the age when they can gain access to their retirement funds.METHODS: The authors surveyed nurses older than 45 years in New South Wales, Australia.RESULTS: The need for income was the most common reason for staying in nursing (61.9%; n = 210), with nearly 43% (n = 130) identifying this as the main reason for staying.CONCLUSIONS: Retaining older nurses in the workforce is an important strategy for managing workforce shortages. Nurse executives will need to consider strategies that will enhance retention of older nurses and focus on the reasons older nurses want to keep working.

DOI

10.1097/NNA.0000000000000131

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