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Creating Disability Inclusive Work Environments for Our Aging Nursing Workforce

Matt, Susan B. PhD, JD, MN, RN, CNE; Fleming, Susan E. PhD, RN, Perinatal CNS; Maheady, Donna C. EdD, ARNP

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: June 2015 - Volume 45 - Issue 6 - p 325–330
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000208

The workforce is aging, and the implications of an older nursing workforce are profound. As nurses age, injuries and disabilities are more prevalent. If disabilities were more commonly recognized and accommodated in the design of our nursing work environments, we could meet future needs. This article explores the literature on accommodations for an aging workforce, reports disabilities commonly seen in this population, and introduces universal design.

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Author Affiliations: Associate Professor (Dr Matt), Assistant Professor (Dr Fleming), College of Nursing, Seattle University, Washington; and Associate Graduate Faculty (Dr Maheady), Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Matt, College of Nursing, Seattle University, 901 12th Ave, GARR 200, Seattle, WA 98122 (

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