Abstract: Retired academic nursing leaders possess a rich legacy of knowledge. Using a grounded theory approach, knowledge possessed by 14 retired Christian Chairperson/Deans was explored. Two themes representing commitment to living out Christian values; and fortitude, understanding, and spiritual guidance emerged from written responses to open-ended survey questions.
Fourteen retired nursing academic leaders offer a gift of wisdom to current and future nurses, helping us understand how we can become Christian leaders.
Harriet V. Coeling, PhD, RN, Professor Emeritus, Kent State University, is the editor of Online Journal of Issues in Nursing.
Lenny Chiang-Hanisko, PhD, RN, is Assistant Professor at Kent State University and chair of the Transcultural Nursing Society Research Committee.
Mary Thompson, MSN, RN, is former Director of Nurses Christian Fellowship USA, and contributor in Glaserian Grounded Theory in Nursing Research, Springer, 2009.