Five Generations in the Nursing Workforce: Implications for Nursing Professional Development

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Positive patient outcomes require effective teamwork, communication, and technological literacy. These skills vary among the unprecedented five generations in the nursing workforce, spanning the “Silent Generation” nurses deferring retirement to the newest “iGeneration.” Nursing professional development educators must understand generational differences; address communication, information technology, and team-building competencies across generations; and promote integration of learner-centered strategies into professional development activities.

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