Sunday, 19 April 2015

Generation Y nurses

Roger Watson, Editor
This study was to report what factors Generation Y New Zealand Registered Nurses wish to change about nursing.  New Zealand has a shortage of nurses and a growing older population and it is important to see what factors will attract generation Y people into nursing and keep them there.
Generation Y are defined for this study as those born between 1980-1994 and data were collected using an online survey - of course...for generation Y!  Various motivators and de-motivators ('push and pull factors') were identified in the study and, as the authors conclude: 'Given the ageing New Zealand nursing workforce couple with an ageing population and an increasing demand for health services it is clear that the retention of young Generation Y registered nurses in the healthcare workforce is essential. It is imperative that employers of nurses and government organisations responsible for nursing work force planning understand what push or pull factors are motivating these nurses to remain in, or exit from the profession with a view to developing strategies to address their concerns. If Generation Y New Zealand registered nurses are to remain in the workplace then the workplace needs to develop motivators to keep them there. If this does not occur the potential exists for the healthcare workplace to either be overwhelmed by dissatisfied workers which will be detrimental to both the nurses and patients or a workplace that is short of nurses.'

This article is published open access and is free to download.

From Norway to Bangladesh - nursing student experience

Roger Watson, Editor

The purpose of this study by Jørgensen and Hadders (2015) titled: 'The significance of communities of practice: Norwegian nursing students’ experience of clinical placement in Bangladesh' was to gain understanding of Norwegian students’ experience of learning in clinical placement in Bangladesh without formal one to one supervision, by a personal mentor in the ward.  Seven third year bachelor nursing students enrolled in a clinical placement programme in Bangladesh participated in focus group interviews prior to their departure to Bangladesh, during their stay in Bangladesh and after their return to Norway.

The first interview was conducted a few days before students’ travel to Bangladesh. Prior to departure, the students expressed their anticipations about how they expected to be received by the Bangladeshi nurses and how they expected to achieve their learning objectives during their clinical placement.  The second interview was conducted in Bangladesh when the students were about midway through their clinical placement.  Despite the challenges, overall students evaluated their learning outcomes as satisfactory, professionally as well as personally. They considered their obtained knowledge relevant and transferable to the Norwegian nursing context.

In the words of the authors: 'Additional data are needed and follow-up interviews would provide more depth to the understanding of how nursing students reintegrate in Norway. An exploration of how nursing students cope with reintegration coming home and how they managed to incorporate their insights from a clinical placement abroad in their professional nursing practice in Norway needs to be investigated further in a future study.'


Jørgensen W, Hadders H (2015) The significance of communities of practice: Norwegian nursing students’ experience of clinical placement in Bangladesh Nursing Open doi: 10.1002/nop2.15