You may be aware that 10,000 baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) are retiring from the work force every day. Some of these experienced workers are nurses who have been in executive practice for decades. They are handing off their management jobs to a new generation, as we experience one of the largest nurse leader turnovers in our history.
As these individuals, who chose management as their specialty, move on to new adventures, they are taking valuable knowledge with them. That's why the current NAQ journal topic is Leadership Transitions: Preserving the Wisdom. Our editorial board recognizes the potential loss to our patients, communities, organizations, and profession if we don't take steps to learn from those who came before the incoming cohort of leaders.
If you are following the Boomer generation into management, I hope you will read this edition with an eagerness to learn from their experiences. If you are a leader closer to the end of your career, I hope you will read it and be inspired to make an extra effort to pass on your own learnings. Sharing your insight, gained either from painful or joyous experiences, will leave a legacy for others who choose to lead.
Kathleen Sanford, DBA, RN, FACHE, FAAN