Quality healthcare is local. When you are in need of acute medical care, having immediate access to the most advanced technologies and highly skilled caregivers affects outcomes for the better.
Our region is growing and aging. As our region continues to grow in population, so does the percentage of residents who are age 65 or older. An age that coincides with an increased use of healthcare services—typically four times that of those younger than 65. In 2011, the first of the Baby-Boomer Generation turns 65 ensuring a rising need for healthcare services locally.
At the same time, the pool of experienced nurses (care providers, mentors and educators) in our community is being eroded as the current nursing workforce embraces retirement. Nationally, 50% of the RN workforce is expected to retire in the next 10-15 years. While at Harrison, 20% of the current workforce is contemplating retirement in the next five years—a majority of whom are eligible now.
This exodus of our most experienced nurses threatens to hamper our ability to deliver safe, quality care to our patients – at a time when our communities will need it most.