Published Jul 24, 2002
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.
Well, good for them, they are ahead of the curve on this one. Not that it has not been obvious what needed to be done.
NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN
This resolution was submitted by staff nurses and UAN members. When over 94% HOD voted approval as ammended, thunderous applause went thru the crowd of onlookers + HOD members. It was great to see such support!
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