There are two primary trends driving the collaborative needs of the healthcare workforce. The first is the immutable law of demographics. Our nation's healthcare workforce is in the midst of a generational shift as more and more Baby Boomers retire and millions of Millennials come of age.
In 2007 nearly one-quarter of physicians in a nationwide survey were 60 years or older and by 2020 nearly half of all registered nurses will reach the traditional retirement age of 65. As the Baby Boomers enjoy a well deserved retirement, the next generation of healthcare workers, notably Millennials, are entering the workforce in large numbers and bring very different perspectives and professional development needs with them.