Letter to the Editor by McMahon on Integrating Generational Perspectives in Nursing

The Multigenerational Workforce: Boomers and Xers and Nets, Oh MY!

Response by Michele McMahon to 'Integrating Generational Perspectives in Nursing.' by Marla J. Weston, RN, MS (May 31, 2006)

May 14, 2008

Dear Editor:

This letter is in response to the article, 'Integrating Generational Perspectives in Nursing.' I support Ms. Weston in her quest to address this important issue in today's workforce. Ms. Weston noted that the nature of work itself has shifted, with the older generations no longer holding the majority of the top hierarchical positions. Unfortunately, in my own experience, older generations sometimes have been outright rude and verbally abusive to younger nurses, including younger nurses moving into advanced practice roles in the work setting. It is essential that we make every effort to strengthen our intergenerational teams. If we all took the initiative to learn about generational differences, we could find elements from each generation to strengthen the care we give. Additionally, each and every individual is unique and has something valuable to bring to the table; taking the time to learn about each other will also enhance our intergenerational teams. With collaboration and patience we nurses can work together to understand each other and use our assets to our patients' advantage.

Michele McMahon, RN, BSN
Warren, MI