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Share of older nursing professionals rising sharply in the Netherlands

There has been a sharp rise in the nursing professionals over 50 working in health care. They will reach retirement age within 10 to 15 years. As the grey pressure increases on health care, there will have to be enough nursing professionals to meet the increasing demands. Optimising the use of the labour potential of registered nurses and a great influx from the training colleges contributes to this.

In 2008 there were 232 thousand registered nursing professionals under 65, 20 percent more than in 1999. Over three quarters actually works in care, according to Statistics Netherlands. The remaining quarter either does not work, or works elsewhere. The group of nursing professionals working in care is currently aging considerably. The share of nurses over 50 has increased from 14 percent in 1999 to 30 percent in 2008.

Every year since registration began, the inflow of nursing professionals in care has exceeded the outflow, but the difference has become smaller in recent years. In 2008 some 10.3 thousand nursing professionals started working in health care, while 8.9 thousand nursing professionals stopped working in the care sector. Some 40 percent went to work elsewhere and 60 percent stopped working altogether.