Also, 4% of nurses age 55 and older work less than 10 hours a week. Nurse leaders looking to retain older nurses might also consider changing the work itself, such as using the older nurses for training or precepting, Faller says.
The survey polled 3,413 respondents to get insight about everything from career plans to views about EMRs, the quality of patient care, career satisfaction, and the nursing shortage.
In addition to the new data about nurses' intent to retire, the survey also shows generational gaps in the perception of nursing. For instance, older and younger nurses are somewhat split on their views and opinions about EMRs. When asked whether the use of EMRs at their facility positively influences their job satisfaction, 67% of nurses age 19–39 strongly agreed or agreed, compared to 51% of nurses age 40–54 and 45% of nurses age 55 and older.
Regarding whether EMRs positively influence the quality of patient care, nurses age 19–39 answered in the affirmative at a rate nearly 20% higher than nurses age 55 and older.