A Practical Guide to Managing the Multigenerational Workforce: Skills for Nurse Managers
Judith “Ski” Lower, RN, CCRN, CNRN, MSN
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Includes 3 Nursing Contact Hours
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Bridge the generational communication gap. When it comes to recruiting, managing, educating, and retaining multigenerational workforces, one size does not fit all.
As many as three or four decades can separate your youngest staff members from the oldest. While the 20-something, “Generation Y” nurses are concerning themselves with flexible scheduling and paid time off, their over-60, “Traditional” counterparts are light years away, concerned more about pension plans and professional recognition.
In between, you have to contend with “Generation X” staffers and “Baby Boomers” who are clamoring for an entirely different set of needs and priorities. Whatever you call them, managing your multigenerational staff can add up to a real challenge. Don’t let generation gaps lead to miscommunication and staff conflict. In order to manage a multigenerational workforce successfully, the nurse manager has to take into consideration each generation’s unique priorities, motivators, skills, communication styles, and experiences. That’s a tall order for any manager, but especially in today’s demanding hospital environment.
Judith “Ski” Lower RN, CCRN, CNRN, MSN, a well-known and highly respected nursing expert, addresses the problem head-on in this book, A Practical Guide to Managing the Multigenerational Workforce: Skills for Nurse Managers. Drawing on her many years of experience successfully managing across the generation gap, this helpful new book will show you how to:
- Identify generational differences - identify the main characteristics and formative years of the Traditional Generation (The Silents), Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y so you can understand their reactions and what motivates them.
- Recognize educational styles that work for each generation - Online? Classroom? Self-paced? Hands-on? Discover different educational methods that appeal to multiple generations.
- Identify and provide the feedback each generation wants and needs - Silent Generation nurses may have little interest in annual performance reviews, while Generation X nurses want feedback instantaneously. Understand how to provide personal feedback and effective performance reviews.
- Illustrate improved scheduling by understanding generational needs - Silent Generation nurses may prefer a consistent schedule. Generation Y nurses may require flexibility to meet the needs of their young families. Understanding your staff’s needs will help you create schedules that work for all.
- Formulate retention strategies that work for every generation - Generation X nurses may respond best to promotions or pay increases. Baby Boomer nurses may be motivated by recognition and service awards. Learn what feedback works best for each member of your staff.
- Develop policies to embrace differences to manage more effectively - Gain a better understanding of each generation’s motivators and learning styles along with proven strategies to facilitate communication and encourage respect.
Earn 3 Nursing Contact Hours! This educational activity for 3 nursing contact hours is provided by HCPro, accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center Commission on Accreditation.
This book has been written for nurse managers, directors of nursing, chief nursing officers, VPs of nursing, nursing home administrators, HR directors, staff educators and RNs. Judith “Ski” Lower, RN, CCRN, CNRN, MSN, retired in 2005 after 24 years as Nurse Manager in the Neuroscience Critical Care Unit at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is now an independent speaker and consultant, and lectures nationwide on communication issues. Judith is the critical care representative on the Maryland Nursing Workforce Commission and an Emeritus member of the Johns Hopkins Hospital Ethics Service. Topics covered include:
- The Silent Generation
- The Baby Boomers
- Generation X
- Generation Y
- Balancing work and life
- Participation and involvement
- Performance reviews, feedback, and promotions
- Working together
- Retention and Recognition
- What will the future look like?
Learning objectives for the nursing continuing education credits are the following outcomes:
- List the names of the four generations currently in the workforce
- Identify key events that shaped the Silent Generation’s formative years
- Evaluate how social and family circumstances affected the Silent Generation’s characteristics
- Describe key events that shaped the Baby Boomer’s formative years
- Evaluate the impact that social and family circumstances had on Baby Boomers
- Identify key events that shaped Generation X’s formative years
- Discuss how social and family circumstances affected Generation X’s characteristics
- Identify key events that shaped Generation Y’s formative years
- Explain how social and family circumstances affected Generation Y’s characteristics
- Discuss why disagreements between the generations may arise over scheduling
- Determine strategies for planning schedules that meet the needs of all generations
- Discuss what different generations want in terms of work/life balance
- Identify holiday and vacation options that meet the needs of all generations
- Recognize the different learning styles of each generation
- Identify orientation strategies that can help Generation Y nurses become successful
- Explain why Silent and Baby Boomer generation nurses are often the only ones to sign up for committees
- Discuss how managers can encourage all generations to become involved in committees, task forces, and meetings
- Describe strategies for ensuring that performance appraisals meet the needs of all generations
- Develop strategies for the provision of ongoing feedback
- Examine the barriers that prevent effective multigenerational communication
- Discuss strategies a manager may use to encourage social interaction and team work
- Identify programs for helping older nurses remain in the workforce
- Develop programs for helping Generation Y achieve work/life balance
- Discuss strategies for enhancing the workplace of the future
With more than 18 years of experience, HCPro, Inc. is a leading provider of integrated information, education, training, and consulting products and services in the vital areas of healthcare regulation and compliance. The company's mission is to meet the specialized informational, advisory, and educational needs of the healthcare industry. As an acknowledged industry authority in healthcare regulation and compliance, HCPro focuses on providing its clients assistance and expertise in the areas of accreditation, medical staff affairs, credentialing, privileging, medical record management, regulatory compliance, nursing, quality/patient safety, infection control, and workplace safety.
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