Nursing Leadership

Nursing Leadership 27(3) September 2014 : 29-39.doi:10.12927/cjnl.2015.24059
Special Focus on Career Transitions - Emerging Leader Perspective

Insights from Nurse Leaders to Optimize Retaining Late Career Nurses

Lianne Jeffs, Vera Nincic, Laureen Hayes, Danielle Jerome and Victoria Malecki


In an effort to stem the loss of Ontario's late career nurses, the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care introduced the Late Career Nurse Initiative (LCNI) to implement a 0.20 full-time equivalent reduction of physically or psychologically demanding duties of nurses aged 55 or over and repurposing this time to enriching and less demanding activities. Fifty-nine nurse leaders were interviewed to explore their perceptions associated with implementing the LCNI in their respective organizations. Following a qualitative directed content analysis approach, three themes emerged: (1) having a strategic approach, (2) leveraging staff expertise and (3) securing organizational support.



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