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


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.