Nurses in Focus reveals a rise in number of older nurses working in Australia

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.

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