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5th Edition of

Singapore Nursing Research Conference

March 24-26, 2025 | Singapore

Nursing 2023

Noriko Nishimura

Speaker at Singapore Nursing Research Conference 2023 - Noriko Nishimura
Chiba Prefectural University of Health Sciences, Japan
Title: Awareness survey on second career for head nurses working at general hospitals


Background: The way nurses will work in the future, known as the 100-year life era, will require them to continue to contribute to society by making use of their careers and wealth of experience in the nursing profession even after retirement. This study examines awareness of second careers among head nurses who work at general hospitals.

Methods: A questionnaire survey was administered to 440 head nurses aged 40 years or older in prefecture A regarding their post-retirement employment preferences, desired position, department in which they work, employment status, and nursing management skills that could be applied to their work.

Result: There were 255 responses (response rate,57.9%). Of these, more than 40% of the head nurses answered that they would like to continue working at their current workplace. And they said they would like to work part-time as part of the nursing staff?Their reasons for continuing to work were classified as wanting to use their experience to help others, liking nursing work, and financial difficulties. In addition, 84.3% of head nurses lacked preparation for their second career and lacked confidence in their own nursing skills and ability to work immediately.

Conclusion: The study found that head nurses are so immersed in their daily nursing management duties that they have little time or opportunity to think about or obtain information about second careers. We need to support them so that they can have a rich second career.

Audience Take Away:

  • This study will prepare nurse managers for their second careers and thereby enrich their second careers.
  • It will lead to opportunities for nursing managers to reflect on their own abilities.
  • It will allow us to examine the utilization of human resources based on their experience and abilities as nursing managers.


I have worked as a nurse at a university hospital for over 30 years, 15 of those as a nursing administrator. I am currently working as a faculty member at a nursing college and studying for a PhD. Nurse managers have a significant impact on the quality of nursing care and the culture of the workplace, I am interested in conducting research that will help support nurse managers.