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Web site spotlight: Encourage staff bonding

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, December 5, 2008

Nurses of different generations are bound to hold different values, beliefs, and interests. For effective communication in and outside your unit, you must increase your staff's understanding of these differences. Here's one way to get staff talking and bonding:

Encourage staff to talk about their differences in a fun way: Get a multigenerational group together and start talking about the defining moments in their lives. Stimulate the discussion by asking questions such as:

  • What was all the rage in fashion?
  • What music and movies did you like growing up?
  • Who were your role models?
  • What is important for your generation?
  • What are your core values?

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from "Encourage staff to work and play together," found in The Leaders' Lounge at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.

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