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Working longer: the effect of ageing on older nurses

by on October 3, 2013

In this article for Personnel Today, Occupational health nurses Christine Long and Elizabeth Griffiths look at the effect of ageing on older nurses. This is a topical piece given that the NHS is one of Europe’s largest employers prompting the establishment of the NHS Working Longer Review. This wider review is considering the implications of a raised retirement age not just for nurses but all staff and for patients and employers in the NHS.

The focus of the Personnel Today on nurses is justified by reference to recent research (e.g. Schluter et al, 2011) that reported over one-third of nurses were aged 50 years or over and nearly half of those care for others outside the workplace. The article highlights a number of issues (some have wider relevance to others who work in physically demanding jobs) including the need for more pro-active occupational health regime that considers the health requirements of the older nurse in order to minimise the risk of ill health and disability.

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