Generational Gap in nursing? - page 2

I was in report the other day, we do a conference type group report in our 2 nurse ICU, and we got to talking. One of the nurses was bemoaning having to float to med-surg, where the nursing staff is... Read More

  1. by   GardenDove
    Quote from stevielynn
    Oh we roamed the streets and fields (when there were still fields in So. Cal) - it was great. Oh the forts we made . . . . such fun.

    I don't remember "Yellow Alert Day" but I do remember in elementary school having "air raid drills" where we had to hide under our desks in case of a nuclear attack . . .

    These young whippersnappers . . . . . will be saying the same thing to the generation coming up behind them . . . . .as Roy pointed it, there is nothing new under the sun.

    steph
    Yes, that's how those drills went. The Los Angeles school district had them too. The teacher would yell "Flash!!!" and we'd all scramble under our desks, cover our eyes with one arm and the back of our neck with the other arm. Cold War hysteria is what it was. I always wondered how effective covering one's eyes and neck would be against radiation poisoning.

    The kids nowadays can talk about 911 and the fear of anthrax and terrorism.
    Last edit by GardenDove on Jan 5, '07 : Reason: another typo
  2. by   Thedreamer
    The HS my partner teaches at recently started terrorist taking over the school drills..

    Kids are told to huddle in a corner far away from the door in case they have guns or bombs :trout:


    I say, if they have guns and bombs, youre going to die either way.. either in your seat comfortably or in a huddles ball of people, -_-

    Todays education is interesting no?
  3. by   Tweety
    There are definately differences in the generations and how they approach life and work.

    I am amazed when I hear baby boomers say things about "young people these days...........". I think back 30 or so years ago to their parent's generation bemoaning the first "youth culture" and the lack of work ethics, laziness and wanting everying handed to them, being spoiled rotten, having no appreciate for hard work.........


    And I just smile.

    My charge nurse could be my child. Once we were talking about things and she casually said "yeah my mom is your age and..........."

    I disagree with the presumption that "kids these days" don't have a work ethic.
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Tweety
    There are definately differences in the generations and how they approach life and work.

    I am amazed when I hear baby boomers say things about "young people these days...........". I think back 30 or so years ago to their parent's generation bemoaning the first "youth culture" and the lack of work ethics, laziness and wanting everying handed to them, being spoiled rotten, having no appreciate for hard work.........


    And I just smile.

    My charge nurse could be my child. Once we were talking about things and she casually said "yeah my mom is your age and..........."

    I disagree with the presumption that "kids these days" don't have a work ethic.
    I agree . . . but I do think we are losing a great generation of folks.

    One of the docs I work with told a story yesterday about an Italian couple in Sonoma when he first started practice in the 60's who would invite he and his wife over for dinner. They would give him gifts of wine from their vineyard. They had 4 kids who worked very hard and didn't sleep in until noon on weekends and all had jobs outside of school and all went on to earn degrees and are successful young men and women. This couple held hands as they went for walks and obviously loved one another very much. The doc hoped then that his marriage would be the same.

    My in-law's are from the WWII generation also - they have given our kids a special gift in relating their experiences.

    Each generation has it's own challenges . . . and it's own gifts.

    steph
  5. by   Tweety
    Quote from stevielynn
    Each generation has it's own challenges . . . and it's own gifts.

    steph


    I agree Steph. our parents and grandparents generation was an amazing group of people.......they ushered in the modern age, saved the world, etc.

    I was studying in my soc. class a few semesters back, Aging in Society, that there is great resentment of the Gen Xers and those behind them (Gen Xers are now......gasp....over 30) towards the Baby Boomers, for many reasons, but it might grow as they presume we're going to sap up social security, hold on to the good jobs, blah blah blah. (Of course as I mentioned the generation that raised us had their own resentments as well.....hopefully we've proved them wrong, but many still hold on to some of it).

    I'd like to think as we're dying off they will come around with the same attitude.........."we're loosing a great generation".
    Last edit by Tweety on Jan 5, '07
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    I can't get my mind wrapped around the fact that I'm a Boomer and getting old. Maybe I need to have another baby.

    steph
  7. by   GardenDove
    Quote from Tweety

    I'd like to think as we're dying off they will come around with the same attitude.........."we're loosing a great generation".
    If they live long enough, they'll appreciate us enough, just like we now appreciate our parents much more than we did when we were whippersnappers.
  8. by   Jules A
    Quote from Tweety
    My charge nurse could be my child. Once we were talking about things and she casually said "yeah my mom is your age and..........."
    We were talking about music, probably should have known not to go there and one (who isn't even all that young!) says, "my parents listen to ACDC"

    Doh! I was young and cool once, I swear.
  9. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from Jules A
    We were talking about music, probably should have known not to go there and one (who isn't even all that young!) says, "my parents listen to ACDC"

    Doh! I was young and cool once, I swear.
    I'm friends with a guy who was not even born when President Kennedy was shot and killed . . . . I once told him I didn't think I could stay friends with someone like him.

    Our "touchstones" are so different in each generation . . . .

    ACDC? Yuck. . .. .For me it would be James Taylor, Credence Clearwater, Led Zepplin, etc. . . .

    steph
  10. by   GardenDove
    Quote from stevielynn
    I'm friends with a guy who was not even born when President Kennedy was shot and killed . . . . I once told him I didn't think I could stay friends with someone like him.

    Our "touchstones" are so different in each generation . . . .

    ACDC? Yuck. . .. .For me it would be James Taylor, Credence Clearwater, Led Zepplin, etc. . . .

    steph

    Jethro Tull, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Moody Blues, Cat Stevens, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from GardenDove
    Jethro Tull, Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Moody Blues, Cat Stevens, Carole King, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell
    Yep . . . yesterday while driving to the gym, Joni Mitchell's song "They Paved Paradise and Put Up A Parking Lot" came on . . . . .that is a fun song to sing to.


    steph
  12. by   P_RN
    Lucky me: the baby boom didn't start til I was a year old. I guess I was a furlough baby. I do know all my classes from 1st all the way to 12th had more than capacity. My father had 3 jobs in his life as an adult. 1. Marine 2. coast Guard. and 3. Realtor. That's how it went for post WWI babies.

    From 1st til graduation I went to:
    t. schoo,=l
    br schoo=2
    jh school=2
    cr school=3
    br school=4
    bra school=5 &6
    McM school=7
    Cr school=7 8 9
    Fl school 10, 11,12


    Now what's remarkable is that we lived in the same house, on the same street, in the same town, and in the same state.

    We had a radio maybe 3'x4' next to the fireplace and we watched the radio.
    We had central heat, if you went down in the celler and stoked the coal furnace.
    We played outside in the summer heat (bah humbug 110) and winter cold (how else could you snap the ice ciciles from the pine needles.

    People helped each other out when our house burned down. (second grade) We were not without necessities over 24 hours. Yes it was DIFFERENT back then.

    We got our 1st TV in 1954-b&w sylvania with halo light. Nearest station was 90 m i north. Our town's first station NBC came the next year.

    We went to NYC on vacation in 1954 by train. That's how you mostly did it.. When we got back Daddy had arranged to have central heat and air.
    I remember Mama asking why we needed it?

    It was a big deal when mama's old wringer washer and kerosene range said bye-bye to the house,


    We called our teachers Mr and Ms ( a Southern thing waaaay before women'ss lib-we called it respect).

    I got sent home on "bermuda day" for wearing ankle length coulottes-pants weren't allowed you see.


    Kennedy was assasitnated when I was in my first year of college. I remember the weather, the place I was standing when I heard, I remember the next 3 days as grey and empty.

    As far as coworkers I've been privileged to work primarily with the best of the best. An LPN 20 years younger than I showed me the BEST way to start an IV. An RN 20 years older than me showed me that if you kneel and say a prayer before you can always get a #20 first time (Thank Mrs Hollis).

    As far as the generational gap, It feels to me more of a financial grab what you can get gap. We -my bunch- went to work and pretty much stayed there a whole career.

    The next bunch- baby boomers and gen-x appear to have discovered that we didn't know much. I guess that would be the generation gap. My bunch wouldn't come to work on a buzz, with wrinkled clothes, without bathing and this is what I have seen with my own eyes. I was just in the hospital in September and had to virtually fend for myself as far as ADL.s Stuff has changed hasn't it. And I was right there in the middle and never saw it coming.

    Music was Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, Elvis of course, the British Invasion......songs you could still understand the words. My kids were born between the assasinations and the summers of love. Are you going to San Francisco....


    OH that's enough the FAT lady has sung.
    Last edit by P_RN on Jan 6, '07
  13. by   GardenDove
    Remember Judi Collins? I saw her in concert once.

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