The Emeritus Nurse: Retired, Rehired, and Revolutionary.

Judith A Boerger, Parkview Health
Erin LaCross, Parkview Health
Hallie Custer, Parkview Health
Jan Powers, Parkview Health


A strong culture rooted in excellent nursing practice is essential to the future success of healthcare organizations. Nursing leaders face the challenge of establishing and retaining this culture with the exodus of nursing knowledge and clinical reasoning expertise from retirements of experienced nurses. This article presents a novel plan to mitigate this looming problem by rehiring and reengaging recently retired nurses to return to practice for an emeritus RN program.