1. Williamson, Marvel L. PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF
  2. Cook, Linda PhD, APRN, BC, CNE
  3. Salmeron, Lois EdD, RN, CNE
  4. Burton, Denise MS, RNC


The number of nursing faculty planning to retire by 2020 is alarming. To develop strategies for retaining faculty, researchers asked: What factors influence the decision by nursing faculty to stay in the workforce past retirement age? What barriers could be removed that would encourage faculty to stay longer? Using Giorgi's analysis method, findings from 6 faculty teaching past retirement age revealed key meaning units and grand themes that match Maslow's Hierarchy of Inborn Needs.