Evidence-based expert: Don't leave Generation Y asking 'why?'

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 2, 2009

This week's expert, Adrianne Avillion, D. Ed., RN, explains how educators can cater education programs to members of Generation Y.

Q. We've just hired several new graduate nurses who are in their early 20s. Any tips for teaching these members of Generation Y?

A. Ys best thrive in work environments that offer them a direct say in how the organization functions and encourage their input. They want to perform their jobs to the best of their abilities. When planning teaching activities for Ys, think about the following characteristics associated with this generation. Ys:

  • Enjoy the opportunity to interact with their colleagues during training
  • Have strong work ethics
  • Look for structure as well as fun in the workplace and during education activities
  • Are comfortable with the technology of distance learning but prefer interactive opportunities
  • Benefit most from mentor programs
  • Are interested in earning a good living and value education that will increase their ability to earn money
  • View education as incredibly expensive
  • Enjoy creative teaching techniques, including the incorporation of music and games
  • Are readers and value the time they spend reading

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