Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - a sign of the times?

Eley, Robert and Parker, Deborah and Tuckett, Anthony and Hegney, Desley (2010) Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - a sign of the times? Collegian, 17 (1). pp. 38-42. ISSN 1322-7696

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Objective: In order to support policy planning, nurses in Queensland were surveyed three times over a seven year period. Results from the study offered the opportunity to explore changes in work practices with respect to career breaks and retirement intentions.
Design: A self administered postal survey.
Setting: Nurse members of the Queensland Nurses Union residing in the State of Queensland.
Participants: 3,000 members of the Queensland Nurses’ Union.
Main outcome measures: An overview of nurses’ work practices in relation to breaks in work and planned retirement.
Results: Response rates for 2001, 2004 and 2007 were 51%, 44.9% and 39.7%, respectively. Over the seven year study period the number of nurses taking career breaks declined from 65% in 2001 to 54% in 2007. Of those nurses who reported taking breaks the number of breaks remained constant; however the average length of the breaks declined. Results reflected an ageing workforce. The expected time to remain in nursing increased dramatically for older nurses. Over 60% of 40-60 year old nurses in 2007 expect to remain in nursing well into their mid-60’s compared to 30% in the previous years.
Conclusions: The dynamics of the nursing workforce have changed with nurses taking fewer and shorter breaks and expecting to work to a greater age. We speculate that these changes may be influenced by the economic climate.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - No Department
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2010 04:29
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2014 01:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: Queensland; nurses; retirement; breaks; economics
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160509 Public Administration
15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150305 Human Resources Management
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.colegn.2009.10.004

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