There are an increasing number of older nurses in the workforce in recent years, HWA's Nurses in focus report has found. Released this month, Nurses in focus is a comprehensive analysis of Australia's nursing workforce.
Some of the key trends which emerged in Nurses in focus include:
* The percentage of registered nurses aged 55 and over increased from 15% in 2003 to 20% in 2009.
* Nursing continues to be a female dominated profession, with men accounting for only 10% of employed nurses.
* Most nurses work in hospitals, but there is an increasing emphasis on community care.