Friday, 23 February 2018

Baby boomers and generations X & Y in nursing

Roger Watson, Editor-in-Chief

Are there differences between the generations amongst nurses when it comes to coping with the job? It appears that there may be according to a recent study from Finland and Italy. An article entitled: 'Workplace-related generational characteristics of nurses: a mixed-methods systematic review' by Stevanin et al and published in JAN reports the study, the aim of which was to: 'describe and summarize workplace characteristics of three nursing generations: Baby Boomers, Generations X and Y'.

The study reviewed 33 published studies a looked at: job attitudes, emotion-related job aspects, and practice and leadership-related aspects. Baby boomers reported less stress than generations X and Y but greater intention to leave than generation X. In conclusion the authors state: '(a)ccording to the findings, some intergenerational differences and similarities have emerged on the part of nurses in current workplaces' and '(n)urse leaders’ education also should develop the ability to understand and support clinical nurses with different generational traits, as well as to manage multigenerational workforces effectively.'

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Stevanin, S., Palese, A., Bressan, V., Vehvil√§inen-Julkunen, K. and Kvist, T. (2018), Workplace-related generational characteristics of nurses: a mixed-methods systematic review. J Adv Nurs doi:10.1111/jan.13538

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