Healthy work environments for the ageing nursing workforce
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
© 2013 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Managing an Ageing Nursing Workforce Issue editor: Rose O. Sherman
Volume 21, Issue 7, pages 956–963, October 2013
How to Cite
2013) Journal of Nursing Management 21, 956–963 Healthy work environments for the ageing nursing workforce(
- Issue published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 4 AUG 2013
- ageing nurses;
- healthcare facility design;
- nurse injuries;
- nursing workforce;
- older nurses;
The aim of this article is to describe the physical challenges that ageing nurses experience and the facility design features that can promote healthy work environments to motivate nurses to continue working.
Older nurses are working longer and beyond the usual retirement age. They often experience chronic fatigue and the usual physical and cognitive changes associated with aging. Nursing is a physically demanding profession and many older nurses work in pain while providing direct patient care. The literature is replete with studies focusing on the organisational factors that retain older nurses, but little research addresses design factors that facilitate nurses working longer and more safely in direct patient care.
Electronic databases in medicine, nursing, psychology, and architecture were searched and evidence-based, non-evidence-based, and review articles and government and organisational newsletters were evaluated.
Hospital design can help address the physical work challenges that older nurses experience.
Older nurses have a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and the design of nursing units can optimize their work experience.
Implications for nursing management
Nurse Managers must participate in design efforts and advocate designs that support aging nurses.