Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Make Way for the Millenials on ADVANCE for Nurses

Millions are already in the classroom and workforce, and their reinforcements are marching through the doors in vast numbers. They are the millennials, the latest generation to give the country a facelift as they try to blend in with the traditionalists, baby boomers and Generation Xers to do their part in moving society forward.

The millennials were born between 1982 and 2001.1, 2  The children of baby boomers, their generation was named for coming of age at the turn of the millennium.

Millennials are a symptom of drastic change, according to Paige Shaughnessy, PhD, CCC-SLP, graduate program director in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Allied Health Professions, at Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, CA. "The changes in America socially, economically and politically were so drastic around 2000 and 2001 that in many ways it shaped a generation that is very different from the rest of us. We truly have to struggle to understand them."

The older generations can learn to work with the incoming workforce of millennials by making every attempt to understand their characteristics, values and expectations without sacrificing their own integrity.

Millennials have a wealth of defining traits. Thanks to their total immersion in technology from the time they were born, their cognitive characteristics and learning styles are unlike any seen before. They really are wired differently because they grew up using different parts of their brains, Shaughnessy told ADVANCE.

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