When retirement beckons, flexible working might tempt older nurses to stay
Flexible working, especially the option to do shorter hours, could help retain older nurses, many of whom want to continue but feel burnt out
Three months after retiring at 55, renal nurse Julie Emerson found she missed working and took another post. But while keen to share the skills and experience built up over almost four decades, she has handed in her notice at her most recent job after struggling with 13-hour shifts.
It was when she made a mistake during a long, tiring shift that she realised she could not continue. Ms Emerson, 57, from Corby, Northamptonshire, says: ‘I have never made such an error in my life and I can only think it was because I was so tired – and that isn’t safe.
More than 190,000 nurses and midwives on the register are
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