Furthermore, the generational differences found on every nursing unit in themselves, have been shown to cause increased staff anxieties, expectations, demands, and, at times, even bullying.11
Depending on the geographical location, nurses may also face societal issues in the form of deeply rooted beliefs, socioeconomic, and spiritual statuses. One example is that many millennials expect a structured support system that simply does not exist in today’s healthcare environment. This is speculated to be a contributing factor to the noticeably high turnover rates of new nurse graduates.
For administrators, it is vital that they monitor workplace mentalities and the overall feel of the atmosphere. If a positive environment is instilled within the staff, it will inadvertently provide a safe, more stable atmosphere for the patients and their families as well. Employers also need to put into place:
- Mentoring programs with expectations of mentor and mentee in written guidelines
- Implement organizational processes with higher educational opportunities
- Tuition-assistance programs/University partnerships
- Access to current technology/Educational resources for nurses and patient education
- Allow nurses an active role in decision-making. Empowered and respected nurses make for strong and supportive staff members
- Organizations must realize competence, efficiency, skills, autonomy, confidence, and critical thinking skills develop with experience, proper orientation, and mentors
Nurses will routinely face the challenge of self-care. The irony remains in the excessive terms nurses are asked to fulfill self-care yet lack the sufficient resources and support to accomplish it.