Looking ahead to our next generation of nurse leaders: Generation X Nurse Managers
Article first published online: 2 JAN 2014
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Nursing Management
Special Issue: This issue: Global nursing leadership Issue editors: Pamela Thompson and Kristiina Hyrkas
Volume 22, Issue 1, pages 97–105, January 2014
How to Cite
2014) Journal of Nursing Management 22, 97–105. Looking ahead to our next generation of nurse leaders: Generation X Nurse Managers(
- Issue published online: 13 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 2 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 OCT 2013
- AONE Foundation for Nursing Leadership Research and Education
- generation X;
- Nurse Manager;
- succession planning
The present inquiry identifies elements of professional success, and personal and professional fulfilment as defined by Generation X Nurse Managers.
Although work concerning Nurse Manager preparation has been documented, there is a paucity of research specific to the generation of nurses next in line to assume leadership roles.
For the purposes of this study, a qualitative approach was used to develop insight regarding Generation X Nurse Managers and their perspectives on professional success, personal and professional fulfilment, and organisational environments that are conducive to loyalty and long-term professional commitment.
Findings from this study reinforced those identified in the original study in that inflexible organisational cultures, a lack of opportunities for upward mobility, the need to be available at all times, feeling stereotyped or undervalued can all be barriers to members of Generation X perceptions of professional success and professional and personal fulfilment.
Conclusions and implications for nursing management
Study findings suggest that Generation X Nurse Managers would benefit from initiatives focused on better preparation for the Nurse Manager role, openness to innovative scheduling alternatives and tailored support and feedback.