Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Generational differences in work ethic between baby boomers, generation x, and millennial registered nurses
by Jobe, Laura L., Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2013, 98; 3610334
Abstract (Summary)

Background/Significance: Generational difference has become a popular topic within nursing literature. Generational differences can lead to generational conflict which current research links to decreased group cohesion, which can cause increased turnover. Within the generational difference literature, differences in work ethic is frequently cited as the root cause of the conflict, but little research has been conducted to identify and understand generational differences in the work ethic of nurses. Specific Aims: 1.) To develop a work ethic profile for each of three nursing generations working in an inpatient setting in an acute care facility. 2.) To identify differences in the dimensions of work ethic among generations of nurses working in acute care. Methods: A quantitative, quasi-experimental cross-sectional study of Registered Nurses (RN) working in an inpatient setting from two teaching hospitals in a southern U.S. metropolitan area completed the Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile (MWEP) online. The MWEP measures seven dimensions of work ethic: Self Reliance, Morality/Ethics, Leisure, Hard Work, Centrality of Work, Delay in Gratification, and Wasted Time. Data Analysis: Eight one-way ANOVAs were used to analyze the mean scores of each generation for each of the seven dimensions of work ethic and the over all score. Results: Only the dimensions of Leisure, Hard Work, and Delay of Gratification had statistically significant differences. Tukey's post hoc revealed Millennials scored higher than Baby Boomers in all three dimensions, and Generation X scored higher than Baby Boomers in the dimension of Leisure. These results indicate that more similarities than differences exist in the dimensions of work ethic among these three generations of nurses.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Beverly, Claudia
Commitee: Kennedy, Robert, McAtee, Robin, Middaugh, Donna, Pate, Barbara
School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Department: Nursing Science
School Location: United States -- Arkansas
Source: DAI-B 75/05(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Nursing
Keywords: Baby boomer, Generation x, Millennial, Multigenerational, Nursing, Work ethic
Publication Number: 3610334
ISBN: 9781303700507
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