Four Generational Cohort Analysis

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Four Generational partners
• The four generational cohorts discussed in this article include the Veteran Generation, the Baby Boomer Generation, Generation X, and the Millennial Generation. This section will describe and illustrate the historical, social, and cultural experiences of each generation which have formed the mental models so often seen in each of these generations.
• Veteran Generation (Born between 1922 and 1945)
• The childhood world of our most senior nurses, members of the Veteran Generation, was dramatically different than the one we live in today. News came largely from newspapers and radio; long-distance phone calls were a rare and expensive occurrence; shopping was mostly done at locally owned stores; and movies were only
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In contrast to the Golden Age of Radio and the Silver Screen experienced by the Veteran Generation, Baby Boomers watched variety shows, movies, and sitcoms within their own home. News became more visual and dramatic as world-changing events, such as men landing on the moon and the shooting of a president, were seen on television.
• From an early age, Boomers viewed the future with optimism and promise (Hicks &Hicks, 1999). As part of a large generational cohort and a member of smaller families, Boomers were doted on by parents, schools, and society as a whole. For the most part, they grew up in two-parent households where the father earned the family income and the mother was the home caretaker.
• The attention and prosperity afforded the Baby Boomer generation, along with changing world and societal values, created an emphasis on freedom to be yourself and the "me" generation. Lack of conformity to the old rules became an established pattern. Everything from the justifiability of the Vietnam War to the limited role of women and people of color in society was debatable. Heroes were no longer men in positions of authority. Rather, those who questioned the status quo were the honored members of this generation. The experience of Watergate confirmed to Baby Boomers that people in positions of authority were not to be trusted. Long-standing societal rules and expectations were examined and altered, creating the assumption in the
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workers (Zemke et al., 2000). They equate work with personal fulfillment and self-worth (Cordinez, 2002). They desire financial prosperity but long to make a significant contribution with their experience and expertise. They carry a deep-seated idealism and continue to be suspicious of people in positions of authority. As the generation that vowed to never trust anyone over 30 rapidly becomes the oldest generation in the workforce, they continue to be concerned with making a contribution, as well as ensuring their own youthfulness, wellness, and personal

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