Baby Boomer nurses expected to retire in droves in next few year

Baby Boomer-aged nurses are said to be leaving their industry faster than ever and there is still a nationwide nursing shortage. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Baby Boomer-aged nurses are said to be leaving their industry faster than ever and there is still a nationwide nursing shortage. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
According to a study, in 2008, the number of working Baby Boomer RNs was at its peak.  In two more years, it will be predicted there will be 50 percent fewer nurses in the workforce. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)According to a study, in 2008, the number of working Baby Boomer RNs was at its peak. In two more years, it will be predicted there will be 50 percent fewer nurses in the workforce. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

(3TV/CBS 5) –

Baby Boomer-aged nurses are said to be leaving their industry faster than ever and there is still a nationwide nursing shortage.

Candace Stillman is a career nurse with 30 years under her belt. She teaches up and coming nurses at Grand Canyon University now.

She transitioned out of working as a traditional nurse in hospitals about 20 years ago. Aside from age, and retirement, she says there are a number of reasons why boomers are leaving now.

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“The physical part. The backs, the backs are a big thing,” says Stillman. “The shift rotating is really hard on an aging body. The night shifts become more and more difficult.”

But maybe they won’t leave the field completely. Candace believes nurses in her generation genuinely have a passion for what they do and it can be hard for them to call it quits because they love their jobs.

Because of the shortage, her advice is to stay in the business but try different parts of it like she did.

“You can find different areas where perhaps you are not using your back as much in my case not as much technology that it hard on the boomers,” says Stillman.

According to a study, in 2008, the number of working Baby Boomer RNs was at its peak.

In two more years, it will be predicted there will be 50 percent fewer nurses in the workforce.

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