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


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.