Recruitment and Retention of the Baby Boomer Nurse

Angela Ford Barnett, Gardner-Webb University


The purpose of this research study was to examine the aging nurse population and its effects on the nursing shortage. Specifically, the baby boomer generation, those ages 50-65, will be identified and provide insight into perceptions regarding recruitment and retention. Questions such as what factors would encourage a mature nurse (RNs) to continue working beyond planned retirement and what contributions in nursing and healthcare do mature RNs bring will be defined. The researcher of the study introduced incentives, such as simplified patient care through the use of technology, to extend the aging nurses' perception of retirement age. With the knowledge gained in this research study, one will come away with a better understanding of how retirement of the aging nurse will drastically affect the nursing shortage.