Diversity in the Workplace
Diversity in the Workplace
I have this image of America and the bronze plaque at the bottom of the Statue of Liberty. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore”. We are a country of immigrates, built on the ideals, culture, and inclusion of our differences. Our profession should reflect the inclusive society in which America is built on. The purpose of this paper is to highlight the importance of diversity in the workplace.
Importance of diversity in the workplace
“Despite modest gains in ethnic and racial minority representation in the nursing profession, the current nursing ...view middle of the document...
Summary of one aspect of diversity
Generational diversity among the nursing workforce has increased in the past ten years. This can be correlated to nurses working longer in their positions because of many outside factors. The economic downturn of the mid 2000, the reduction of pensions and the higher cost of healthcare are just a few reasons why nurses have stayed longer in their positions. Age diversity has its pros and cons. Nurses of different age groups are able to gain a broader perspective, offer a better representation of patient groups, and make a stronger connection to patients. However, age differences represent different training and thinking, communication patterns, and technology competences, which can increase emotional conflict and work stress, and impair performance and well-being (Lehmann-Willenbrock, Lei & Kauffeld, 2012).
We currently have four generations of nurses; veterans, baby boomers, generation x and millennials. A generation is defined here as an identifiable group that shares birth years, age, location and important life events at critical developmental stages (Hendricks & Cope,2013). There are clear differences between generations. A millennial will be able to adapt to information gathering quicker because they have grown up in highly technological society. How many times have we asked our children how do you do this with your phone or where do I find this on the computer. It’s second nature to them because they have grown up with it.
Understanding the differences in “the norm” of each generation helps to create touch points for commonality. For example, changes to modes of communication which have taken the focus from face-to-face or written communication, the preferred style of veteran nurses and informal discussions, particularly suited to Baby Boomers, means that personal interactions that build trust and allow for differences must now include technology which is more suited to gen Xers and the millennials (Hendricks & Cope, 2013). We need to highlight the best traits of each generation to provide the best care for the patient. Creating a supporting and inclusive environment leads to greater job satisfaction and lower burn out.
Underrepresentation of minorities in nursing
Why are nurses mostly Caucasian and Female? Why is there predisposition for certain departments within a hospital? Why are there an increased number of men in the Emergency Room and Intensive Care Unit departments compared to the rest of the hospital? Researchers have found that these disparities in race/ethnicity are not due to genetic differences but rather to social complexities, racism, and differences in treatment (Maughan & Barrows, 2013). If you grow up not being able to afford good health care or are not in an environments that value’s it, how would you aspire to become nurse? When there is support from the government, universities, and healthcare groups, there is spike of interest when the...