An enjoyable retirement: Lessons learned from retired nursing professors

Khaldoun Mousa Aldiabat*, Enam Alsrayheen, Carole Lynne Le Navenec, Catherine Aquino-Russell, Mohammad Al Qadire

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Aim: This study aimed to investigate the experience of retirement for retired nursing professors. Design: The descriptive phenomenological qualitative method, developed by Giorgi, was used to conduct this study, through the lens of Continuity Theory and Carper s Ways of Knowing Theory. Methods: Data were collected from four eligible participants in the form of written descriptions e-mailed to the researchers and analyzed using Giorgi s analysis-synthesis process. Results: The results showed that retired nursing professors felt satisfied with what they had achieved over their careers. They experienced a positive and rewarding life post-retirement and had positive perceptions of many aspects of their retirement. Conclusion: The retired nursing professors continued with many pre-retirement activities and maintained productivity. They used their past and new knowledge to shape their daily life experiences in ways that enhanced their own well-being and quality of family and community connections. Their continued involvement in organizations post-retirement included many academic and professional activities such as presenting at conferences, supervising students, reviewing articles, and volunteering in other scholarly activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalCentral European Journal of Nursing and Midwifery
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Continuity theory
  • Descriptive phenomenology
  • Nursing
  • Professors
  • Retirement.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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