How and Why Do Doctors and Nurses Leave the Profession? - Transition and Retirement Patterns for Health Professionals in the Nordic Region
This indicates a change in the perception of professional roles, and also a perception of growing dissatisfaction with the working conditions in contemporary health care settings combined with relatively good job opportunities elsewhere. This problematic for users of health care and for planners of future health professional work force needs as it leads to shortages in some areas and perhaps also a skewness in the skilset of remaining health professionals. A particularly important issue is how the large cohorts of aging health care professionals choose to transition or retire from their jobs. This paper will use registry and work force data to analyse trends in regards to transitions and retirement of doctors and nurses in the Nordic region. We will combine the registry analysis with survey and qualitative data to seek explanations for the observed trends. – Finally we will discuss potential consequences at the societal and professional level.