Older nurses in Singapore: Factors associated with attitudes towards extending working life


Journal Article

© The Author(s) 2016. Aims: We aim to determine associations between demographic variables, motivation to work, economic factors, work demands and organisational attitudes towards older workers and whether nurses want to extend working life. Background: Singapore’s ageing workforce, coupled with the government’s enactment of re-employment legislation, calls for attention on older nurses’ concerns and views about working longer. Methods: A cross-sectional survey with nurses aged 50 and above was conducted. Results: Data from 355 respondents was analysed. Malay nurses were significantly less likely (OR 0.3, 95%CI 0.1-0.6) than Chinese nurses to want to work longer. Financing one’s retirement, societal trends in postponing retirement and physical capability to continue working were factors significantly associated with older nurses’ decisions to extend working life. Conclusion: Approximately 40% of older nurses in Singapore want to work up to and above age 65. Race, societal attitudes and economic factors contribute in older nurses’ decisions on retirement. Implications for nursing management: Given an ageing workforce and manpower shortage, it is important for nurse managers and higher authorities to devise strategies to keep nurses in the workforce as long as possible. This study highlights concerns and attitudes of older nurses towards extending working life, and could inform future planning of strategies to retain older nurses.

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Cited Authors

  • Ang, SY; Ayoob, SBM; Hussain, NBS; Uthaman, T; Adenan, H; Chiang, P; Ong, LT; Fong, MK; Ostbye, T

Published Date

  • January 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 25 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 222 - 229

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2059-2329

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2010-1058

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/2010105816655553

Citation Source

  • Scopus