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    Younger nurses look to the future, as older nurses look to retire

    Almost one-quarter of registered nurses (RN) age 55 and older could leave nursing in a short period, opening the door for less–experienced RNs to take their place, according to a new study.

    Healthcare staffing company AMN Healthcare this week released its annual survey of registered nurses, 2013 Survey of Registered Nurses.

    Twenty-three percent of nurses aged 55 and older indicate they change their work dramatically, including opting for retirement or leaving the nursing field for other types of work.

    AMN says the survey, now in its fourth year, offers a snapshot of current job satisfaction levels among nurses and indicates how the economic recovery may affect future career trajectories. The data also mines responses to determine how nurses in general view technology and the quality of care that is impacting the today’s nursing industry.

    Other findings include:

    ·      Younger nurses are much more positive about the quality of nursing today. When asked to respond to the statement, ‘Nursing care has generally declined,’ 37 percent of nurses between the age of 19 and 39 agreed compared to 66 percent for nurses age 55 and older.

    ·      Fledgling nurses are much more likely to agree that electronic medical records positively influence job satisfaction, productivity, time management, and the quality of patient care.

    ·      Despite recommendations from the 2011 Institute of Medicine report on the future of nursing, “The future of Nursing: leading change, Advancing Health,” less than half of RNs with an associate degree or diploma who responded will pursue additional education
in nursing. However, younger and mid-career nurses are more likely to pursue advanced education in nursing.

    ·      Almost 40 percent of nurses between the ages 19 and 39 plans to pursue a master’s degree in nursing or higher.

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    • Anonymous
      I think that 'younger' nurses are "positive" towards nursing care only within their frame of reference: they haven't been in practice long enough to knowledgably compare whether quality of nursing care is better or worse now ! A more accurate response would be obtained by asking whether nursing care has declined within the past ___ years as assessed by those who have worked for at least that amount of time. Of course it's only natural that those who have recently begun their careers will feel that quality of care has not declined.