Generational diversity: what nurse managers need to know
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 69, Issue 3, pages 717–725, March 2013
How to Cite
hendricks j.m. & cope v.c. (2013)Generational diversity: what nurse managers need to know. Journal of Advanced Nursing 69(3), 717–725. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2012.06079.x
- Issue published online: 15 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAY 2012
- generational diversity;
- nurse managers;
- work environment
This article presents a discussion of generational differences and their impact on the nursing workforce and how this impact affects the work environment.
The global nursing workforce represents four generations of nurses. This generational diversity frames attitudes, beliefs, work habits and expectations associated with the role of the nurse in the provision of care and in the way the nurse manages their day-to-day activities.
An electronic search of MEDLINE, PubMed and Cinahl databases was performed using the words generational diversity, nurse managers and workforce. The search was limited to 2000–2012.
Generational differences present challenges to contemporary nurse managers working in a healthcare environment which is complex and dynamic, in terms of managing nurses who think and behave in a different way because of disparate core personal and generational values, namely, the three Cs of communication, commitment and compensation.
Implications for nursing
An acceptance of generational diversity in the workplace allows a richer scope for practice as the experiences and knowledge of each generation in the nursing environment creates an environment of acceptance and harmony facilitating retention of nurses.
Acknowledgement of generational characteristics provides the nurse manager with strategies which focus on mentoring and motivation; communication, the increased use of technology and the ethics of nursing, to bridge the gap between generations of nurses and to increase nursing workforce cohesion.