Essay on The Impact Of Cultural Background On Nursing Care
Over the past 30 years, the nursing workforce has slowly evolved from being composed of primarily young or middle-aged white women, to encompassing individuals of both genders, many races, ethnic cultures, and four generations. The average age of the nurse has increased from 39 to 43, and men as well as minorities have entered the field. Studies show that a diverse healthcare workforce benefits patients because they develop a better connection and have improved outcomes when their caregivers have similar backgrounds (King, 2014). Diversity benefits employers as well because they have access to a bigger pool of individuals with differing cultural perceptions, ideas, beliefs, values and attitudes. This factor is valuable when organizations are problem-solving, making decisions and planning strategies (Andrews & Boyle, 2014). In this paper, I will define and describe the four generations of nurses, discuss how my characteristics fit with the description of Generation X, and explain how Generation X and the Baby Boomers can learn from each other.
The Four Generations of Nursing Workforce
The term generation refers to a group of people who share birth years, experiences and location. For the first time in history, the nursing workforce consists of four generations: the Veterans, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, and the Millennials. Typically the nursing workforce has consisted of three generations, but this has changed…