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.