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It's no secret that baby boomers are aging, and many people worry about the effect it will have on the healthcare industry as their need for care becomes more significant. However, baby boomers are more than just patients in the field of healthcare - they are nurses too.
Although some baby boomer nurses may be in retirement or at least close to it, others are still going strong in the workforce, and even ramping up their workload (and paychecks).
According to Nursing Perspectives, baby boomers currently make up about 40 percent of the nursing workforce.
Often described as optimistic and productive, these nurses have been working hard for decades to keep thousands of patients across the United States happy and healthy. These nurses define themselves by the results of their labor. Their personal fulfillment comes from their professional accomplishments, as well as the intrinsic rewards they receive when they make a difference in the life of a patient.
Although four different generations are currently represented in the nursing workforce, baby boomers make up the largest component. Their workaholic nature has shaped the nursing industry, and they have created a legacy that will continue for many years to come.
With the traditionalist generation of nurses disappearing from the workforce, baby boomers are now the most senior professionals in the field. They have the most experience, the most insight and the highest level of respect in the workforce.
Many baby boomers are also in positions of leadership, thus increasing their influence even further.
Although they may be aging, baby boomers are not disappearing from the nursing workforce any time soon. Some may leave their jobs, but others will work well into their retirement years. These individuals have set the bar high, and when they are no longer able to continue working, the field of nursing will be left with a void that will be difficult to fill.