Generational differences in the workforce have always existed. Nurses of vastly different ages, world views and levels of experience are working side by side, not always understanding their co-workers from another generation. There are the:
The Veterans (born between 1925-1945). Identified by their longevity, the nurses born during these years value hard work, financial conservatism, and tend to be cautious.
Baby Boomers (1946-1964). Boomers value individualism and creative expression, have been known to rewrite the rules, and exhibit a strong work ethic, but the work must be considered meaningful.
Generation X (1963-1980). This generation values self-reliance and work-life balance, is less loyal to corporate culture, and prizes technological competence.
Millennial Generation (1980-2000). Technology and instant communication are important features of day-to-day life.
But no matter which group a nurse belongs to, he or she can learn to communicate better with colleagues by recognizing subtle generational differences and customizing communication accordingly. For a more in-depth explanation of the different generations, and how to communicate effectively with other nurses born from a different generation, click here.