Who will be there to nurse? Retention of nurses nearing retirement

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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Journal Of Nursing Administration, 2004, 34 (6), pp. 298 - 302
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Aims: To determine the impact on nursing work-force supply of delaying retirement. Background Data: The nursing workforce is aging, and the Baby Boomer generation is nearing retirement age. This potential loss of experienced nurses is likely to exacerbate current nursing shortages. Methods: An analysis of loss rates of nurses in New South Wales (Australia) is provided using 2 different retirement ages-58 and 65 years. Supply numbers were used and then aged to determine the impact of retirement on workforce numbers. The impact of potential retention strategies on the numbers who could be retained were determined if 100% of 50- to 55-year-old nurses was retained, 75% of those 56 to 60 years, and 50% of those 61 to 65 years.
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