Chek out this topic and other actions approved at ANA's house of delegates meeting in June:
Implications of the Mature/Experienced Workforce
WHEREAS, a nationwide focus is being placed on the shift in the demographics of America's workforce as many workers near retirement age; and,
WHEREAS, traditional retirement in the US is between 60 and 65; and
WHEREAS, the demographics of the RN workforce are changing as mean age of the RN workforce increases and more numbers of nurses are approaching retirement; and,
WHEREAS, younger RNs are not available to replace retiring nurses at a rate consistent with the population need; and,
WHEREAS, 40 percent of working RNs will be over the age of 50 by the year 2010; and
WHEREAS, the shortage created by retirement of mature/experienced nurses would cause the supply to fall 20 percent below predicted needed requirements by 2020
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the American Nurses Association will:
*Heighten awareness of the critical need for the mature/experienced nurse to remain a core contributing professional.
*Recommend mechanisms that would support the retention of mature/experienced nurses.
*Advocate for development of strategies that support the choice of the mature/experienced nurse to continue practicing and remain professionally active while recognizing the contribution of those nurses who choose to retire.
*Advocate that the institutional knowledge of the mature/experienced nurse be preserved and that the specialized nurse be retained.
*Monitor the issues associated with the aging general workforce of Americans.