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

Eley, Robert, Parker, Deborah, Tuckett, Anthony G. and Hegney, Desley (2009) Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - A sign of the times?. Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia, 17 1: 38-42. doi:10.1016/j.colegn.2009.10.004

Author Eley, Robert
Parker, Deborah
Tuckett, Anthony G.
Hegney, Desley
Title Career breaks and intentions for retirement by Queensland's nurses - A sign of the times?
Journal name Collegian: Journal of the Royal College of Nursing Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-7696
Publication date 2009-12-25
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.colegn.2009.10.004
Volume 17
Issue 1
Start page 38
End page 42
Total pages 5
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920210 Nursing
111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
Objective: In order to support policy planning, nurses in Queensland were surveyed three times over a 7-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: 3000 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 7-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-60s 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.
Keyword Queensland
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