Report evaluates knowledge of how to retain older nurses in bedside practice

Report evaluates knowledge of how to retain older nurses in bedside practice

Variables, such as flexible work hours, increased benefits, newly created professional roles, better designed hospital equipment and buildings, and an atmosphere of respect for nurses, are central considerations for hospitals seeking to recruit and retain older nurses, according to the report, “Wisdom at Work: The Importance of the Older and Experienced Nurse in the Workplace,” supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The study was one of the few ever to ask older nurses what would keep them working until retirement. In addition to conducting the literature review, study authors surveyed 377 nurses and held in-depth interviews with 13 experienced experts in health care systems design, executive leadership and management, patient-centered care, patient safety, and labor relations.

The full report is available on the RWJ Foundation Web site at http://www.rwjf.org/files/publications/other/wisdomatwork.pdf

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