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Millennial Nurses Have Issues

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Nurse Yoni is a BSN and specializes in Med-Surg, Business, Health, Finance.

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Millennial nurses have the following problems that might be true

There have been so many complaints across the globe about millennial nurses and their attitudes towards their jobs. Millennials are individuals who were born between 1981 and 1996-which means they are between ages, 23 to 38, in 2019. 1982 In this write-up, I will talk about some of these concerns and give you my take.

Millennial nurses are lazy

Millennial nurses (MN) are not so happy when the older generation of nurses’ label them as lazy, and always on their phones at work. Could this be further from the truth? We now live in a world of technology where people spend more time on their phones than with the people that matter in their lives. The average individual spends about 30-6 hours a day on their phone every day. The older generation nurses report that MNs love to sit at the desk and only see their patients during medication administration. Such nurses have been dubbed “Desktop Nurses.” We’re all aware that a lot of people spend more time on their phones, but there have not been any findings that show a decline in productivity of MNs in clinical areas. While I do not advocate that nurses use their phones on the unit, I do think that millennials are getting a bad rep for having been born in a generation that is highly influenced by technology.

MNs are always looking for new jobs and they’re not interested in growing in their careers.

 True or false? MNs are the most adventurous in the workplace. They are always looking for more. They don’t seem to be satisfied with what they have. According to a 2017 survey on MNs, more than 36% MNs stated their intentions to move into leadership roles. Maybe the scarcity of MNs in leadership positions might be because these positions have already been occupied by baby boomers or their employers are not encouraging them to take on leadership responsibilities. MNs should be given the chance to grow in their careers. They should be given the green light that there are possibilities for growth in their respective settings. This, to me, would increase the retention rates of MNs, especially in clinical nursing.

Most millennials are not interested in furthering their careers; they might be switching careers any time soon.

MNs do not seem to be focused on getting more education. A lot of them just want to get into careers that would allow them to travel places and do less work. They are not interested in pursuing a master’s degree or even a doctorate or Phd. A 2017 survey of nurses showed that 39% of millennials stated that they intend to go for a Master of Science in Nursing degree and 11% stated that they might pursue a PhD in nursing. Baby boomers are less likely to switch careers, unlike millennials. The advent of technology has opened so many opportunities and career options for everyone. MNs are just responding to the current world we live in-a place of greater opportunities for everyone. 

Resource

https://www.amnhealthcare.com/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Campaigns/Millennial-Nurse-Survey-2017.pdf

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23 Posts; 131 Profile Views

hmm not sure what you are trying to accomplish here...

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I completely agree.

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verene specializes in mental health / psychiatic nursing.

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They are not interested in pursuing a master’s degree or even a doctorate or Phd. A 2017 survey of nurses showed that 39% of millennials stated that they intend to go for a Master of Science in Nursing degree and 11% stated that they might pursue a PhD in nursing.

I'm a bit confused how are nearly 40% saying they will go for a master's degree is a sign they are not interested in pursuing more education? Am I misreading this paragraph?

 

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1 hour ago, verene said:

I'm a bit confused how are nearly 40% saying they will go for a master's degree is a sign they are not interested in pursuing more education? Am I misreading this paragraph?

 

If you are only a bit confused about that post, you are doing well.

 

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I think you are trying to "prove" these misconceptions wrong, and if you aren't you should be, but it should be written a bit clearer.

There are no longer incentives to stay at one job for long and often times we need to move jobs to get raises and grow our career. Plus I would say most millennial nurses have plans for higher education, we just don't have money for it. 

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Is this an opinion piece?  Many new nurses tend to be chained to their computers at work. I don’t ever think it’s because they are avoiding patient care. It’s because they were taught that the box checking is more important. In time, they will discover the truth. I work with several lazy nurses/nursing assistants. Trust me, they exist in every generation. As far as education, the younger crowd seems to have more, not less, education. 

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819Nurse has 14 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in SNF/LTACH/CM/Orthopedics/Med Surg.

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7 hours ago, chloeluvsutoo said:

There are no longer incentives to stay at one job for long and often times we need to move jobs to get raises and grow our career.....

^^^THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I CANNOT PREACH THIS ENOUGH TO PEOPLE!!! and some people still don't understand. At least I know I am not alone in thinking or feeling this way!!! 

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FolksBtrippin is a BSN, RN and specializes in Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Public Health.

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Okay boomer. 

 

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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25 minutes ago, FolksBtrippin said:

Okay boomer. 

 

Us Gen X-ers just sit back and watch the fireworks, as always we are between the Boomers and the Millenniums 😉

 

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GrumpyRN has 37 years experience as a NP and specializes in Emergency Department.

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1 hour ago, FolksBtrippin said:

Okay boomer. 

Hey!!!!! I'm offended by that and now I am triggered. Where is my nearest HR person so I can complain. 😉👍😂😂

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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1 hour ago, FolksBtrippin said:

Okay boomer. 

 

The OP seems to be trying to disprove Millennial myths. The writing could use a little tinkering for clarity, but I don't think she/he was attempting to start a generational feud. Your remark however...

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