Generation, Generation X, And Millennials

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A generation is a group of people that shares age, years, location, and special life events. Each generation has markers, such as historical events, that affect the entire generation (Phillips, 2016). Generation diversity in nursing helps to create an entire, complete team by bringing together people with various moral and ethical perspectives. The current generations that make up teams in nursing today include Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. Although bringing together these different generations creates a blend of clinical expertise and experiences, conflicts and challenges often arise because each group holds diverse outlooks and considers different qualities important or admirable. By understanding the diversity between each generation, there are opportunities for strength and conflict resolution which results in a well-rounded and productive team. Current Generations in the Workplace Traditionalists Traditionalists, also referred to as Veterans, or the Mature Generation, were born between the years 1925-1945, although these years fluctuate a little depending on the source. They were raised in a time of war and economic difficulties as well as strong military and political leaders (Huber 2014). During their formative years, they experienced the Great Depression, the Korean War and World War II. They received their information through the newspaper and radios. Most women who attended college in this generation typically became nurses or teachers (as was common practice during the time). After World War II ended, a period of economic growth began in the United Sates, and Traditionalists rapidly started families which led to the Baby Boomer generation. The experiences Traditionalists had growing... ... middle of paper ... to work excessive hours without compensation or recognition. Misunderstandings exist even between Xers and Millennials, although they are often times very similar. Millennials see Xers as complainers, whereas Xers see Millennials as egotistical and entitled. Unfortunately, when the older generations don’t understand the young nurses’ needs and attitudes and don’t mentor them appropriately, the younger nurses experience stress, which often leads to burnout. Research has connected conflicts in the workplace with nurse retention, and found that a dynamic and complex environment and strong interaction with peers are essential for nurses to find work that they enjoy and feel valued in. When teams of different generations work together and are able to resolve conflicts, nurses are not only happier, but want to stay a part of the organization (Hendricks & Cope, 2012).
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