The Royal College of Nursing has issued a 10-point plan to help employers keep older nurses in the profession. It was issued last week with a report by Jim Buchan, reader in the department of management at Queen Mary College, Edinburgh, saying one in five nurses on the register is now over 50 and the pool of potential recruits is declining. The plan includes calls for flexible hours for older nurses responsible for caring for elderly relatives, as well as more mid-career planning.

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