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Why flexible working is the future for semi-retired nurses

By July 28, 2022No Comments

Seacole Health offers the perfect opportunity for semi-retired nurses wanting to continue their career on their own terms. Since the pandemic, 2.6 million older workers retired above ordinary trends, but with remote and hybrid working now the norm across many industries, many seniors are eyeing a return to the job market. For healthcare employers, the challenge is to understand, support and empower the nursing workforce in the wake of this global health crisis.

According to a 2021 study, 22% of nurses indicated that they were looking to leave their current position providing direct patient care within the next year. The McKinsey Future of Work in Nursing Survey asked over 400 frontline nurses about their future plans, motivation, willingness and excitement to try different care delivery models. The results led to four recommendations:

  1. Workforce health and well-being should be part of the fabric. Surveyed nurses, similar to employees across all sectors, are looking for more support from the organizations that employ them. Recognition (appreciation and economic rewards commensurate with their value), communication, and breaks to recharge are paramount. Also important are increased availability and accessibility of resources (for example, mental health resources).
  2. Increase workforce flexibility. COVID-19 accelerated the introduction of scheduling and staffing approaches to create additional flexibility in workforce deployment, and nurses were largely enthusiastic.
  3. Reimagine delivery models. Organizations may consider how to leverage digital tools and adapt care models based on patient and employee preferences. For example, some employers may continue (or expand) clinician use of telemedicine platforms, allowing nurses to work remotely more often.
  4. Strengthen talent pipelines and build skills for the future. Demand for talent is increasing, and skill sets and capabilities required are shifting. Organizations will need to reskill in some areas, as well as bolster their recruiting pipeline for clinical roles—in some cases leaning on new partners or professional development pathways.

The Un-retirement trend

One in five healthcare workers have quit their jobs since the pandemic began. However, a mixture of plentiful jobs and high inflation is enticing retired U.S. workers back into the labor market, in a reversal of pandemic trends.

This “un-retirement” trend has been continuing to build, according to a Rand Corp study showing that 39 percent of Americans aged 65 and older who are currently employed had previously retired. And more than half of those 50 and older who are not working and not searching for work said they would work if the “right opportunity came along,” the study found.

In the nursing profession, a worldwide nursing report shows that one in six (17%) of nurses around the world are aged 55 years or older, and are expected to retire within the next 10 years. Clearly then there is an untapped opportunity for those recently retired, or on the cusp of retirement to return to their careers as long as it suits them.

The Seacole difference

At Seacole, we’re already ahead of the curve. We’re proud to offer our nurses and healthcare professionals the fully flexible opportunities that they need to thrive, whether they’re just starting out or for semi-retired nurses to return to the career they love.

When you become part of the Seacole Health team, your success is our business. Our teams work on a per diem basis, with no commitment required until you sign up for a shift. This gives you the flexibility to select shifts that match your skills, licensure, availability and location.

The result is a rewarding, supported environment where you have the opportunity to be part of truly life changing medical advancement.


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