JUNE 2012 • PROMISING PRACTICES
Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks General Hospital (SOGH) has a high percentage of older nurses and other health-care professionals. Of 1,547 health-care staff in 2008, close to half were over the age of 45; of this group, 32 per cent were over the age of 50 and five per cent were eligible for retirement (referred to as “Magic 80” — their age plus years of service equals 80 or more). As these older workers move toward retirement, SOGH has been challenged to find new and innovative ways to tap into this pool of experience, not only to address labour shortages but also to retain the knowledge and skills these workers will take with them when they retire.
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