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


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.