Aging Workforce Survey Finds Most Nurse Leaders Will Retire by the Year 2020

Data Cites Urgent Need for Implementation Of Strategies to Recruit and

Retain Nurses

Oct 16, 2006, 01:00 ET from Bernard Hodes Group

    NEW YORK, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A new survey of nurse leaders
 released today by the Bernard Hodes Group, found that in just four years
 the number of nurse leaders retiring will begin to escalate, with 75% of
 current nurse leaders planning to retire by 2020. In addition, by 2020, the
 respondents believe that slightly more than half of their nursing employees
 will also be retiring.
     The survey of 980 nurse leaders from every state and Canada found that
 in just four years, by 2010, approximately 20% of the nurse leaders will
 have retired and 35% of the nursing employees with substantially fewer
 nurse leaders and nursing employees available as replacement workers.
     The survey was conducted to provide an overview of programs and
 strategies currently used by a small percentage of health care
 organizations to retain their aging workforce.
     "In order to replace those who are retiring, it will be necessary to
 bolster recruitment and hiring efforts and retention of nurse leaders and
 nursing employees," said Karen Hart, Senior Vice President, Health Care
 Division. "We believe if targeted solutions could be implemented, the loss
 of nurse leaders and nursing employees could be alleviated."
     While nurses are retiring at a rapid rate, only a few of the health
 care organizations have implemented these solutions to assist in the
 recruitment and retention of nurses:
      * Implementation of lift teams (22%)
      * Redesigned roles for mature nurses (24%)
      * Formal succession planning (9%)
     About Bernard Hodes Group
     As a fully integrated talent solutions provider, Bernard Hodes Group
 ( offers solutions that often combine multiple service
 offerings from the Company's core competency areas: Recruitment Marketing;
 Sourcing/Response Management; Hiring Process Re-engineering; and Staffing
 Technology (see All solutions are developed and
 measured within the company's 360-degree process methodology. The company's
 Health Care Division is staffed by RNs with clinical, managerial and
 recruiting experience. In addition, Bernard Hodes Group has health care
 strategists in many of its offices nationwide. The company is headquartered
 in New York, with over 80 offices and affiliates around the globe. Bernard
 Hodes Group is a wholly owned subsidiary of Omnicom Group, Inc., (NYSE -
 OMC), one of the world's leading marketing communications companies.
 Bernard Hodes Group serves thousands of clients in virtually every
 industry, helping them to attract and retain talented workers in every
 skill set.

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