Generational divide? A case study of regional nursing in Australia

John Hicks, Parikshit Basu, Richard Sappey

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During 2007 a study of nursing was conducted in a hospital and an aged care facility in regional New South Wales, Australia. The principal purpose was to explore the reasons for nurse shortage. One important dimension of the study was the identification of demographic change, particularly the emergence of generational differences between older and younger nurses. The results indicate a significant level of division between nurses from different generations, particularly criticisms of younger nurses by older nurses in terms of attitudes to work and implied criticism of their values. This was overlaid by opposition of older nurses to the change from hospital-based to university-based nurse education in NSW. The differences were found to be exacerbated by a traditional culture of 'strictness' of medical procedures within the occupation flowing into a 'strictness' in the approach to work organisation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralian and New Zealand Academy of Management ConferenceLib
Subtitle of host publicationConf title-ERA//
EditorsMarie Wilson
Place of PublicationCanning Bridge, W.A.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)1863081496
Publication statusPublished - 2008
Event22nd ANZAM Conference: Managing in the pacific century - Auckland, New Zealand
Duration: 02 Dec 200805 Dec 2008


Conference22nd ANZAM Conference: Managing in the pacific century
Country/TerritoryNew Zealand


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