Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU)

June 12, 2009 05:00 ET

CFNU/Minding the Intergenerational Gap: New Report on Intergenerational Diversity in the Nursing Workplace

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 12, 2009) - The presence of four generations in a unionized nursing workplace can lead to misunderstandings and competing priorities at work and at the bargaining table, states a new report prepared for the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. From Textbooks to Texting: Addressing Intergenerational Diversity in the Nursing Workplace identifies key intergenerational differences among nurses and makes suggestions for unions and employers to bridge generational gulfs in the workplace.

"Each generation has different values, motives and goals, and nurses are no different", noted Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. "Unions and employers need to better understand generational diversity if we hope to retain nurses of all ages".

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, which represents 158,000 nurses and nursing students, undertook research on intergenerational diversity from a union perspective to better understand implications on workplace culture and on collective bargaining.

"We found that seniority, a key union concept, is creating tension among the generations", says Silas. "Unions and employers are going to have to introduce more flexibility for key benefits such as vacations and shift selection if we are to retain and recruit younger nurses".

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions undertook research on intergenerational diversity to help identify strategies that will address the needs of nurses of all ages. Retention and recruitment of nurses is critical to address the nursing shortage. The report's finding are based on focus groups with nurses of all generations held across the country, a literature review, expert consultations and a web-based survey of nurses.

"We need to retain as many nurses as we can because of the shortage", says Tyler Kuhk, President of the Canadian Nursing Students' Association. "The needs of all four generations in the nursing workplace need to be met to ensure quality workplace environments for all nurses - new and experienced".

The research report, From Textbooks to Texting: Addressing Issues of Intergenerational Diversity in the Nursing Workplace by Arlene Wortsman and Amanda Crupi was released on the occasion of the 14th Biennial Convention of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

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  • Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
    Pamela Foster
    613-292-9106