Generational Gap in nursing? - page 3

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   PANurseRN1
    Quote from GardenDove
    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.
    LOL! I was in high school when TMI (Three Mile Island) was on the verge of melting down. One day several of us were instructed to go around and close windows and doors "in case of a radiation release."
  2. by   GardenDove
    P RN, some things have changed for the better, some for the worst. We have lost some worthy older values, but also gained some worthy newer ones.
  3. by   P_RN
    SO So true Dove.
  4. by   Julie frm Dallas
    I know exactly what you mean. It is frustrating enough putting up with that attitude at work, then to come onto the boards (as I have in the past) and see a thread titled "What's with these young things?" Etc.

    I think it would be interesting if some of those posters were to come on and read something like "Oh, I had to work with an OLD nurse this week." or, "Boy, those old things at work are really something!"

    Age intolerance/discrimination would be implied right away, but it DOES go both ways.
  5. by   PANurseRN1
    Quote from Julie frm Dallas
    I know exactly what you mean. It is frustrating enough putting up with that attitude at work, then to come onto the boards (as I have in the past) and see a thread titled "What's with these young things?" Etc.

    I think it would be interesting if some of those posters were to come on and read something like "Oh, I had to work with an OLD nurse this week." or, "Boy, those old things at work are really something!"

    Age intolerance/discrimination would be implied right away, but it DOES go both ways.
    What board are you reading? This place is filled with threads and posts about how awful it is to work with older nurses, how older nurses "eat their young," blah blah blah. The "nasty older nurses" rants are definitely in the majority.
  6. by   Multicollinearity
    I think it would be inappropriate to make an assumption about any particular individual regarding generational traits. That said, it is a fact that generations have their own unique qualities overall.

    I myself am a gen X'er. I very much fit many of the gen X characteristics. Many of the students I sit with in my college classes display significant gen Y characteristics. They tend to be quite cooperative and tend to engage in group/team 'think'. I also see more catering to 'self-esteem' and a fragility which my generation just didn't have.

    Knowledge of such information is helpful to hold in one hand - while never turning any individual into a caricature of their generation's characteristics. Knowledge of the group as a whole is useful; assumptions about particular individuals is unfair.
  7. by   penguin2
    I have heard this from other nurses, as well as many people in non-medical professions. I do think it is true to an extent, in fact it has been a topic of conversation w/my non-medical friends for a while now. I have also observed it in MDs as well-- older MDs have made comments re: the work ethic of these younger docs- reluctance to work longer hours, cover call, etc. I don't know the reasons, maybe it's the fact that the younger generation has grown up in a world of more conveniences, a faster-paced world, a not-as-innocent world?? Hopefully a more enlightened world as well!! There is a certain attitude of some, & not just younger nurses, that they can make all the personal phone calls at work they want, check their email, leave the unit for ? who knows? -- there will always be those, in any job, any age group. However, I have had the pleasure of working w/some very energetic & hard-working younger nurses & docs!! & even though I'm an older RN, I still like to have fun at work!!
    Last edit by penguin2 on Jan 6, '07
  8. by   CHATSDALE
    my generation said 'DON'T TRUST ANYONE OVER 30'

    now my youngest sone is 31 he is most trustworthy

    people are individuals with different gifts, if an older person can't keep an open mind an learn from a new grad, or if a new grad can't see that experience brings knowledge they are both losers

    i have worked with people in every age group, some smart, some dumb as a brick * some hard workers, some lazy as a sloth * some who were usually in a good mood, some who if they smiled their face would break into pieces

    here's hoping that you will all be working with smart, happy, hardworking co-workers
  9. by   penguin2
    Quote from GardenDove
    Remember Judi Collins? I saw her in concert once.

    ha! Best concert I ever saw was the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, & Boz Skaggs -- all at an outdoor arena, tickets for the show were $12!!! Ahh...those were the days!!
  10. by   pink2blue1
    I was reading this post about Young nurses and older nurses and the generation gap so to speak.....Now since I am a NEW nurse, literally a BRAND NEW NURSE, just worked my first 3 shifts this past week am I considered a "young" nurse? I mean, afterall I will be 40 next month! LOL! So it got me thinking.....is the gap really about age or about "young" and "Old" or "inexperienced" vs "experienced" nurses?

    I don't really have anything to add but as I was reading it struck me as sort of funny that New nurses can infact be older than their 20's! I mean in my class, I was about middle in age rank! Sure we graduated a few in their 20's but we had many in their late 30's and early 40's too!
  11. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from penguin2
    ha! Best concert I ever saw was the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, & Boz Skaggs -- all at an outdoor arena, tickets for the show were $12!!! Ahh...those were the days!!
    "Day on the Green" in San Francisco . . . .

    steph
  12. by   GardenDove
    Quote from stevielynn
    "Day on the Green" in San Francisco . . . .

    steph

    Saw a free Grateful Dead concert at Goldengate park once.
  13. by   Simplepleasures
    Quote from GardenDove
    Saw a free Grateful Dead concert at Goldengate park once.
    I almost saw Sly and the Family Stone once, but Sly was too stoned.:uhoh21:

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