Reflection On Generational Differences

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Howley Reflection Journal #2: Generational Differences After reading the article by Farag, Tullai-McGuinesss, & Anthony (2009), I will reflect upon my experiences in a leadership role dealing with many different age groups through many situations. The discussion will include the generation I most clearly identify with, with whom I tend to work best with, and how this affects my unit. I will also reflect on the author 's conclusions and recommendations and how they will most likely affect my area of practice. The Boomers Emergency Room nursing tends to be a specialty where many nurses stay the longevity of their career. Nurses have difficulty transitioning out of this environment because of its nature of being fast paced, chaotic at times,…show more content…
Gen-Xers appreciate autonomy; they want their managers to inform them of the required goals and the available resources and then to leave them to function independently (Farag et al., 2009). Generation Xers are often difficult to give feedback to, they are usually doing something for a reason, and they have strong convictions. My peer group is the Generation Xers; it is important that a leader is respected and accountable. The Generation Xers grew up independent; they do not want a leader who is not confident and willing to take a stand. I hold myself to a high standard, I would not expect anyone to do anything that I would not do myself, and I think this is a typical Generation X behavior. I have a hard time dealing with someone if they feel they are superior or are owed certain perks. As I grow into this role, I earn respect by being genuine and honest. The direct contact between nurses and their manager plays an instrumental role in creating a positive work climate and retaining nurses (Farag et al.,…show more content…
When I began as a new nurse the more experienced nurses were amazing, they were Boomers and older Generation Xers. There were not the external distractions, so we talked more. They had time to take me in and show me things when it was calmer. I was allowed to try, and they would be right there. The fast pace of this environment requires so much more, between technology with all procedures and documentation, and also the more complex patients, there is less time for the explaining and support. Less support is a real challenge with Millenials and retaining them because if they are not comfortable or given the opportunity because we are “too busy” to show them, they won’t want to stay. Although, maybe this is my perception and they don’t require as much as they are learning the newest trends in school. I would guess that the Boomers and Generation Xers feel the climate is an inclusive one and moderately favorable atmosphere, whereas Millenials I do not think they feel as included and cohesive. I see some definite generational gaps, the Millennials don’t seem as respectful, the way they speak to physicians or even to me is appalling, and just flat out refusing to do things, I am not used to that. The world is becoming more technology focused; the Boomers are having a harder time, even some of the Gen Xers are not as adaptable or willing to learn, they see the old way as best and struggle with

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