What are your experiences at work with your co-workers from different generations? As a Gen Xer I try very ,very hard to remain energetic and flexible. I really don't want to be labeled "the old fart that needs to quit" I think it's funny that the Gen Yer's expect the work place to bend completely to their will (IMHO) and don't want to do anything that they don't think they should have to do. I have to be very careful offering guidance or I run the risk of being accused of "eating my young" . I do find Gen Y very tech savy but almost dependent and pre-occupied with computer to the exclusion of doing any hands on pt. care.It's too much fun to sit and create documents-not as much fun to actually run around and do treatments or pass meds. My big clash last week was being told that it is now the oncoming nurse's responsibilty to stock the med cart.The rationale is that you may not do it in a way that pleases the on-coming nurse. Really? Isn't it courtesy to clean it up,empty the trash and stock it after you are done? I really want to spend 20 mins scrubbing the dried crud of of the cart that you left -NOT. I guess my getting ticked off at that labels me firmly as an Old Fart nurse.....
I'm 56. I like people who show up on time, ready to work,critical thinking caps on, good independent decision makers. Don't care how old.
Oh, I do hate the texting and the texters. It seems so disrepectful of the work and the profession. I don't think it is because I am old. I think it is because I am right.
I'm talking about texting while working, not on breaks or off time. Then, I couldn't care less.
Last edit by Quickbeam on Jan 16, '12
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Jan 16, '12
by Tweety, BSN
Quote from nurse2033
Wow, such a boomer comment. What makes you right? Because you grew up with black and white TV and a phone that actually dialed? Well me too, but life is different today and you should be more accepting. Texting while at work requires good judgement which not everyone has- unfortunately, but is not evil in itself. These are the same people that took extra long smoking breaks back in the day. Each generation has different values, and different strengths and weaknesses.
And let the judgements and misunderstandings fly.
It's against most policies in workplaces around the country, hospitals included to stop work to text which is what the person you quoted was talking about. I've been giving a patient a bedbath when the tech helping stopped the bedbath in front of the patient and looked at her phone, and texted back. She was in her early 50's and addicted to her phone. She made her husband leave his job to bring her phone when she forgot it one day. May she rest in peace. Another example was a new grad in her early 20's I was precepting that was constantly look at her phone while I was talking/teaching would look at her phone.
I don't think the poster was saying taking extra long breaks was right either. But I do agree that each generation has different values and different strengths and weaknesses.
It's may be a "boomer comment" and I'm not sure what "makes me right" other than decency and respect, but so be it. Texting and working is wrong and I'm right about that. LOL
All that said, nothing wrong with when your not involved in patient care or interacting with other staff, to answer your phone or look at it quickly, such as when your charting or walking down the halls. Just be respectful about it.
Last edit by Tweety on Jan 16, '12