The match between workplace values and the nurses work values is identified as the key factor which differentiates efficient and inefficient recruitment and staff retention. However, many hospital managers are guided by an economical focus in their manpower planning and do not take advantage of this opportunity. Based on theory, existing studies and new empirical data regarding work values, this article challenges the traditional manpower planning. Data consists of single person interviews with three hospital managers, seven nurses from a Danish hospital in 2012 and eight interviews with recently qualified nurses who represent the perspective of the new work generation. While nurses with short working experience emphasize the importance of the relation to their managers, the more experienced nurses are more motivated by contact with the patient. Inclusion of nurses’ work values and working experience can increase the output of manpower planning regarding recruitment and absenteeism.