DNR = Do Not Retire
In Switzerland, 50% of the qualified nursing workforce is going to retire in the next 10 to 15 years, says a recently published study
Therefore a shocking shortage became apparent, Switzerland needs to recruit and train nurses double the number who are working today. The news did not make headlines and disappeared quickly – nobody wants to bother, like global warming, society wants to deal with that later……
I am one of these nurses, an academic, qualified and experienced – I was shocked that my career might end in ten years time. And I had another couple of shocks, I simply did not expect valued colleagues to retire. A director of studies at an English University who I have known for some years told me, that he is going to retire, another researcher to whom I wrote to find more details about an assessment scale of long-term care environment – she was not there any longer, she was retired. I felt a painful stab in my heart – these valued and valuable people might enjoy life more than ever, they might also be bored, who knows? But they are gone – disappeared from the professional radar – so maybe, some people say retirement should not be full time, but part time – and part time work. So please you valued friends and colleagues – DNR! DO NOT RETIRE – you are needed.