AMN Healthcare, a leader in health care workforce staffing, recently released their Review of Registered Nurses 2017. And according to the survey, the industry is about to see a wave of RNs retiring.
The survey’s results back up the predicted notion of a mass retirement hitting the health care workforce. A full 73% of Baby Boomer nurses surveyed reported that they plan to retire within the next three years. Further, the number of nurses overall who plan to retire within a year rose from 16% in 2015 to 27%.
Nursing is hard work, and it only makes sense that as more Boomers age, the industry will see a significant loss of experienced working RNs. The greater number of retiring nurses may certainly be a factor in the nationwide nursing shortage. But as they leave the workforce, a new generation of nurses is entering the industry. And that generational change is already shifting paradigms:
Nurses strongly support national licensure rather than the state-by-state process, an initiative now underway through the Nurse Licensure Compact, which could help streamline the hiring process, improve providers’ access to quality nurses, and also facilitate telemedicine … With new and better career opportunities so plentiful for quality nurses, additional education may become less appealing.