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Addressing Multigenerational Conflict: Mutual Respect and Carefronting as Strategy

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Author(s): Betty R. Kupperschmidt

Journal: Online Journal of Issues in Nursing
ISSN 1091-3734

Volume: 11;
Issue: 2;
Date: 2006;
Original page

Keywords: Baby Boomer Generation | carefronting as strategy | ethical imperative | Generation X | multigenerational conflict | multigenerational workforce | mutual respect | Net Generation | shared accountability | Traditional Generation

ABSTRACT
This article addresses the challenges faced by nurses as they work side-by-side with nurses from a variety of generational cohorts. First a brief overview of the generational characteristics of the four generational cohorts in today’s workplace is presented. Next the importance of each nurse using respect and carefronting as antidotes to generational conflict is discussed. Finally the role of nursing leadership in facilitating respect and carefronting is noted.
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