Nursing Management's Aging Workforce Survey Finds Lack Of Retention Strategies May Escalate Nursing Shortage
More than 55% of the respondents to the survey, predominantly managers, will retire between 2011 and 2020, combined with a rising exodus of nurse employees during the same time. The number of retirees is understandable given the age of today's nurses. The average age of a nurse has ranged from 42.1 to 46.8 in recent years.1,2 According to the survey, the operating room (OR) and postoperative anesthesia care unit (PACU) have the oldest employees and are therefore at the highest risk for a staffing crisis.
Aside from a few bright spots, particularly related to magnet hospitals, retention efforts in the areas of technology, flexibility and benefits, preventive care, and education have not grown with the retention need. ?It's crucial that nurse leaders act now to design innovative solutions to retain aging nurses while they maintain their recruitment efforts. Only by paying attention to both sides of the equation can you keep your workforce in balance,? says Richard Hader, RN, CNA, CHE, CPHQ, PhD, FAAN, editor-in-chief of Nursing Management.
The complete Aging Workforce Survey along with Nursing Management's retention recommendations can be found online at http://www.nursingmanagement.com. (Article titled, ?No Time to Lose?)
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