Nursing Generations in the Contemporary Workplace Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Preserving a viable workforce is contingent upon recruiting and retaining more young people and persuading older workers to remain with the organization. The success of these efforts may depend on offering appropriate incentives to workers in different age cohorts. Although only limited research has been carried out on the topic, findings have consistently shown that the workforce consists of generational groups with different attributes and priorities. This mixed-methodology study uses survey and focus group results to explore some of the differences among age cohorts of nurses in three Canadian hospitals. The research revealed significant differences in career commitment; affective, normative, and continuity commitment to the organization; job satisfaction; stress and emotional exhaustion; depersonalization; personal accomplishment; and propensity to leave the hospital. This article concludes with recommendations for policies that address the needs of nurses of different ages.

publication date

  • June 2008