The Aging Nursing Workforce
Boomers Are Starting to Retire
- Improving the patient experience of care.
- Improving the health of populations.
- Reducing the per capita cost of health care.
Retirement in the Nursing Workforce
How Employers Can Help
- Start with a workforce assessment to map current workforce demographics in order to identify needs and develop a retention plan.
- Consider a disability management strategy to draw on a variety of techniques to reduce declines in work performance that may be related to aging.
- Adjust the traditional layout of the workplace as needed to make ergonomic and workflow improvements that will ease the physical burden of care.
- Adopt a team-oriented approach that may allow nurses with different strengths and abilities to work longer.
- Create more workplace flexibility, including more flexible shifts, limited overtime, increased “as needed” opportunities, expanded options for phased retirement, and the ability to make the most of part-time and job-sharing positions.
- Facilitate peer mentoring and job shadowing to increase the skills of new nurses and keep mature nurses productive longer.
- Offer assistive technologies as needed to support the physical needs of older nurses who may have increased limitations.
- Provide flexibility for self- and family-care, since nurses may have health needs of their own to attend to, or may be a caregiver for a loved one.