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Experienced Nurse Retention Strategies: What Can Be Learned From Top-Performing Organizations

Hirschkorn, Colleen A. MPA, RN; West, Terry B. MBA; Hill, Karen S. DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE; Cleary, Brenda L. PhD, RN, FAAN; Hewlett, Peggy O. PhD, RN, FAAN

Journal of Nursing Administration: November 2010 - Volume 40 - Issue 11 - p 463-467
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0b013e3181f88fd3

Pursuit of high-quality care depends, in part, on hospital leaders' ability to retain an experienced RN workforce. Yet, 55% of nurses plan to retire between 2011 and 2020, heightening the need to identify proven retention strategies. Findings from 7 case studies conducted at hospitals and nonhealthcare organizations publicly recognized for success retaining experienced employees are summarized. The authors conclude that although the mix of retention strategies varies, all top-performing organizations share common success factors.

Authors' Affiliations: Managing Director (Ms Hirschkorn); Principal (Mr West), The Lewin Group, Falls Church, Virginia; Vice President/Nurse Executive, Administration (Dr Hill), Central Baptist Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky; Director, Center to Champion Nursing in America at AARP (Dr Cleary), Washington, District of Columbia; Dean and Professor, University of South Carolina School of Nursing (Dr Hewlett), Columbia, South Carolina.

Corresponding author: Ms Hirschkorn, The Lewin Group, 3130 Fairview Park Dr, Falls Church, VA 22042 (

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