Registered nurses' views about work and retirement

Denette Valencia, Bonnie Raingruber

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Study purpose: The purpose of this study was to identify what motivates experienced nurses to continue working and to consider retirement. Method: A total of 16 intensive care nurses completed phenomenological interviews. The experienced nurses were split into two groups: 31 to 49 years old (younger nurses) and 50 to 65 years old (older nurses). Results: Both groups expressed that concern about changing benefits and financial security kept them working. The younger nurse group valued working for autonomy and respect, camaraderie with peers, providing for their families, and because their parents influenced retirement perceptions. The older nurse group valued working as a way to connect with patients and families. Experiences that provoked thoughts of retirement in the older group were changes related to new technology. Older nurses did not want to work to the extent that their health was influenced. Application: By designing human resource policies that address the concerns that influence nurse retirement choices, administrators can maximize retention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-288
Number of pages23
JournalClinical Nursing Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Nurse retention
  • Nurse retirement
  • Older nurses
  • Retirement choices
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Medicine(all)


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