Nurses of different generations view their work-related experiences and attitudes to work differently. The current workforce has members of four generations: the Silent Generation (people born between 1925 and 1945; 8.7% of RNs), Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964; 61.4% of RNs), Generation X (1965 to 1979; 26.3% of RNs) and Generation Y (born after 1980; 2.5% of RNs). This generational mix in the workplace can be a source of conflict, contributing to decreased job satisfaction and leading to less retention of nurses.
Researchers surveyed 2,364 newly licensed RNs of three generational cohorts—Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y— asking them about their work attitudes using 22 measures. Among the differences found:
- More Baby Boomers were working in jobs other than as staff nurses.
- Generation Xers rated work-to-family conflicts higher, with more than a quarter having children under age 6 at home.
- Generation Y RNs were more likely than others to have graduated from a baccalaureate nursing program, to be working in an ICU, and to be working 12-hour and night shifts.
Nursing leaders need to anticipate generational differences in newly licensed RNs and provide a supportive, positive practice environment for all new nurses to develop and demonstrate their abilities.
- 1. Newly Licensed RNs' Characteristics, Work Attitudes, and Intentions to Work
- 2. Addressing the Complexities of Survey Research
- 3. A Comparison of Second-Degree Baccalaureate and Traditional-Baccalaureate New Graduate RNs
- 4. Understanding New Registered Nurses' Intent to Stay at Their Jobs
- 5. The Nursing Career Process from Application Through the First 2 Years of Employment
- 6. What Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Have to Say about Their First Experiences
- 7. Moving on, Up, or Out
- 8. Generational Differences Among Newly Licensed Registered Nurses
- 9. New Nurses Views of Quality Improvement Education
- 10. Newly Licensed RNs Describe What They Like Best about Being a Nurse
- 11. Early Career RNs' Perceptions of Quality Care in the Hospital Setting
- 12. Commuting to Work
- 13. State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses' Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours
- 14. Work Environment Factors Other Than Staffing Associated with Nurses' Ratings of Patient Care Quality
- 15. The Relative Geographic Immobility of New Registered Nurses Calls for New Strategies to Augment that Workforce
- 16. Predictors of Actual Turnover in a National Sample of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses Employed in Hospitals
- 17. Charting the Course for Nurses' Achievement of Higher Education Levels
- 18. Verbal Abuse From Nurse Colleagues and Work Environment of Early Career Registered Nurses
- 19. Early-Career Registered Nurses' Participation in Hospital Quality Improvement Activities
- 20. Positive Work Environments of Early-Career Registered Nurses and the Correlation with Physician Verbal Abuse