Across the Age Divide
How a melting pot of generational differences is shaping nursing.
Geneva Craig’s nearly 30 years in nursing and her experience lecturing on the profession’s intergenerational conflict has made her more than just a casual observer to the human drama that sometimes plays out between nurses of different ages. She came to recognize that with each new crop of nurses came new ways of communicating, learning, performing tasks and approaching the demands of work and family.
Frequently, these differences sparked clashes rather than opportunities for mutual gain, notes Craig, an appeals nurse analyst at Johns Hopkins HealthCare. In particular, she has witnessed many occasions when younger colleagues struggled for validation and support from their elders.