Generational Nursing Leadership

Nurses continue to be the most trusted profession as indicated in annual surveys. This attests to the collective contributions nurses make across the spectrum as they care for patients, families and communities. Nurses are on the front line of health care delivery and will play a valuable role in overhauling the healthcare system. The trusted voice of nurses is exactly what it will take to reform. In as much, the composition of the workforce is changing dramatically.

The Baby Boomers are beginning to retire and taking decades of valuable experience and wisdom. The X Generation values a balance between work and life, but has an entrepreneurial spirit that values diversity, challenge, responsibility and creative input. The Generation Y grew up with technology and integrates this modality to perform their job better. Furthermore, more and more nursing graduates are finding the profession as a career change which imposes interesting characteristics within nursing units. What is needed to pull all these personalities and variables together? The ideal nurse leader is one who can lead generational diversity through communication, role modeling and engaging in one another. The challenge is merging different viewpoints into a team culture capable of serving both nurses and healthcare consumers. It is the leadership that turns challenges into positives.

Future success of nursing teams will depend on the ability of our nurse leaders to attract and retain the best and brightest nurses from many different groups that comprise the workforce. Creating and implementing strategies and programs specific to the different generations will turn silver into gold and that is the reason why I'm choosing Loyola for my MSN education with a specialization in Health Care Systems Management.