Good Places To Work For Moms, People OLDER THAN 50

Hospitals and health systems are among the best employers for mothers and older workers, according to a pair of rankings released in September. From Baptist Health South Florida to Yale–New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, 13 hospitals and health systems were rated among the top 100 employers by Working Mother magazine, which looked at things like paid parental leave, backup child care and on-site fitness programs. Nineteen hospitals and health systems ranked among the best employers for workers older than 50 by AARP, which considered six areas: recruiting practices; opportunities for training, education and career development; workplace accommodations; alternative work options such as flexible scheduling, job sharing and phased retirement; employee health and pension benefits; and benefits for retirees. Visit www.workingmother.com or www.aarp.org.

Nurses Reconsider Retirement

Fifty-four percent of nurses say they love their jobs and can't imagine giving them up even in retirement, according to a report from Fidelity Investments — and many say they couldn't afford to fully retire even if they wanted to. The rough economy and market volatility have prompted 49 percent of nurses to change their retirement plans. However, only 26 percent say they'll retire later than planned and among those who had not planned to work in retirement, only 22 percent now plan to do so. At the same time, 42 percent of those surveyed never expect to leave the profession completely, and 79 percent of those say they'll need the income to meet basic living expenses. Despite the mixed findings, nearly half of the nurses polled say they are better prepared for retirement both emotionally and financially than workers in other professions.

Part-Time Work Might Ease Surgeon Shortage

More part-time employment for surgeons, particularly retiring older male or young female surgeons taking time off for their families, may considerably reduce the surgeon shortage in the United States by 2030, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. "The trifecta of surgeons working fewer hours, subspecializing more and retiring earlier will make it difficult to address the shortages we currently face," says lead author Bhagwan Satiani, M.D. "This study demonstrates that efficient part-time employment models can begin reducing shortages almost immediately. Another report by the Association of American Medical Colleges found that 42.6 percent of physicians older than 50 would remain active past retirement if part-time work were available. Visit www.journalacs.org or www.aamc.org.