The characteristics of registered nurses whose licenses expire: why they leave nursing and implications for retention and re-entry

  • Abstract

    Little is known about RNs who drop their licenses and their potential re-entry into the nursing workforce. The results of this study provide insight into reasons nurses leave their careers and the barriers to re-entry, all important indicators of the current professional climate for nursing. While representing only one state, these findings suggest that RNs who allow their licenses to expire do so because they have reached retirement age or, among those who do not cite age as a factor, because many are unable or unwilling to work in the field. Inactive nurses who might otherwise appear to be likely candidates for re-entry into the profession may not be easily encouraged to practice nursing again without significant changes in their personal circumstances or the health care work environment. Effective ways to address current and pending RN workforce shortages include expanding RN education capacity to produce more RNs who can contribute to the workforce across the coming decades, and promote work environments in which RNs want to, and are able to, practice across a long nursing career.

  • Authors:

    Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Hart LG, Keepnews D

  • Journal/Publisher:

    Nurs Econ

  • Edition:

    May 2010. 28(3):181-189.

  • Link to Article

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  • Citation:

    Skillman SM, Palazzo L, Hart LG, Keepnews D. The Characteristics Of Registered Nurses Whose Licenses Expire: Why They Leave Nursing And Implications For Retention And Re-entry. Nurs Econ. May 2010 28(3):181-189.

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