Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts

Chairperson (Advisor 1)

Dr. Charles Nuckles

Reader (Advisor 2)

Thomas Gergen


The American workforce is aging, which will result in large numbers beginning to retire in the next ten to 20 years. This aging of the workforce, along with major demographic shifts and other factors specific to the nursing profession, will result in a shortage of nursing personnel by the year 2020. This impending shortage has the potential to threaten the health of the public by decreasing access to and quality of health care in the United States. It is imperative that the health care industry plan for how they will accommodate their aging nursing professionals to allow them to stay in the workforce for as long as physically possible. Strategies suggested in this literature review to accommodate this older workforce include more flexible management policies and practices as well as implementation of new technologies, design of ergonomic friendly work stations, and the re-design of how nursing work is accomplished.


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