The problem that drives most thinking ,seasoned nurses away from the bedside is really a form of self-actualization. At some point you have gotten every certification and degree you can manage.You then realize that you have topped out in pay( don't give me that garbage that pay doesn't matter, ask the Doctors if they would do what they do for half what they make). After say 10-15 years. You think maybe I will be valued for my knowledge. There is scant budget for nurse educators. Maybe I could receive some extra pay for mentoring new and less experienced nurses. Sorry, the very nursing culture we exist in doesn't want it, promote or teach it. A administration will not pay you one dime more than they have to. Well, that takes the wind out of one's sails when it comes to staying in place for years. At some point the returns on the effort and talent do not seem worth it nor are you appreciated. If you are appreciated by your unit and rewarded accordingly, then by all means stay.This is the exception not the rule.