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Mitigating Knowledge Loss: A Strategic Imperative for Nurse Leaders

Bleich, Michael R. PhD, RN, FAAN; Cleary, Brenda L. PhD, RN, FAAN; Davis, Kathleen MBA, RN, NEA-BC; Hatcher, Barbara J. PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN; Hewlett, Peggy O. PhD, RN, FAAN; Hill, Karen S. MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: April 2009 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 160-164
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e31819c9d12

With the aging of the nursing workforce and expected retirement of large numbers of experienced nurses in the next decade, mitigating the impact that lost knowledge will have on organizational performance and patient outcomes is critical. The authors raise awareness of the problem, summarize observations procured from hospital nurse executive regarding approaches for knowledge transfer through workforce development, and pose proactive strategies for nurse leaders who can provide direction to offset the issue before it becomes a crisis.

Authors' Affiliations: Dean and Dr Carol A. Lindeman Distinguished Professor (Dr Bleich), Oregon Health and Science University, Portland; Director, Center to Champion Nursing in America (Dr Cleary), AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, District of Columbia; Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services (Ms Davis), Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Director (Dr Hatcher), Center for Learning and Global Public Health, The American Public Health Association, and Secretary General, The World Federation of Public Health Associations, Washington, District of Columbia; Dean and Professor (Dr Hewlett), College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, Columbia; and Vice President/Nurse Executive (Ms Hill), Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.

Corresponding author: Ms Hill, Central Baptist Hospital, 1740 Nicholasville Rd, Lexington, KY 40503 (

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provided funding for this initiative.

The Lewin Group served as the Wisdom at Work Coordinating and Technical Assistance Center.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.