Here’s an article from American Mobile Travel Nursing that looks at the generational differences between baby boomer nurses and the Millennial nurses in a new light. Here, instead of looking at the difficulties these differences may cause, this article chooses to look at the positive aspects, showing what they bring with them to the profession.
Having worked as a nurse for the last 22 years, I can say unequivocally that there is a lot of friction between older nurses and the younger, new nurses. I don’t understand it, but I have to acknowledge that the problem exists.
For older nurses, embracing change is difficult at best but when you are being bombarded with significant changes daily, they may dig in and refuse to make those changes. New nurses, because they are new, are unaware of how things have been done for the last few years and see no problem with doing things in a new way. This schism is a recipe for disaster at best.
Please read this article and see if you don’t come away with a better understanding of where the new nurses are coming from. Change is hard, but not all change is bad.
FIVE UNIQUE THINGS YOUNG NURSES BRING TO THE PROFESSION
By Suzanne Delzio, contributor
Millennials have grown up with the advantages of having instant, specific information and communication at their fingertips. Raised by the socially conscious Baby Boomers, they’ve also prioritized economic equality, sustainability and simplicity over materialism and personal success. Their unique traits have both frustrated and impressed older generations at times.
America’s Millennial Generation is defined as the individuals born between 1981 and 1997, according to Pew Research Center, and new population estimates show that Millennials now outnumber Baby Boomers as the largest living generation.
While articles often talk about the differences between nursing generations, here we take a look at the unique skills and perspectives Millennials bring to the nursing profession.
1. Preference for social, fun environments
More focused on socialization than individual success, Millennials were trained on more collaborative, team-oriented school projects than their Baby Boomer parents, which prioritized independent work. Because of this, Millennial nurses are comfortable sharing their thoughts with one another, and working together. They also yearn for a fun, social work atmosphere, and there is less of a barrier separating their private lives from their work lives.
Nurses with a fun, social attitude can be great for morale and for boosting the disposition of their patients. Yet, the more “old school” nurses don’t always appreciate putting every detail of their private lives front and center in the workplace, and older patients could be offended by the more collegial approach to their relationship, so young nurses need to exercise some sensitivity.
2. Need for constant stimulation
Blame it on those short-lived Snapchat posts or the constantly evolving updates on their Instagram apps, but Millennials enjoy rapid change (which makes them greattravel nurses, adaptable in new locations!). Though some see this need for constant stimulation as a negative, it can be a good attribute for nurses in the high-pressured, frenetic hospital environment. Millennials thrive in challenging, multi-tasking situations, and are easily adaptable to new circumstances.
Bu nursing isn’t always fast-paced and exciting; veteran nurses know that the less glorious tasks such as patient hygiene and documentation are important, as well. Nursing is all-encompassing care, so young nurses must learn to accept the thrilling moments as well as the drudgery.
3. Technical savvy
As electronic medical records (EMRs) have become the new normal in health care, young nurses who grew up on computers and gadgets tend to have an advantage over their older colleagues in their ability to learn new systems and adapt to…(read more here)