Inside best practice: Encourage staff to work and respect each other

HCPro's Weekly Update on the ANCC Magnet Recognition Program®*, March 31, 2009

It’s important to help staff nurses feel engaged with each other to build a supportive environment. Staff members do not have to be best friends, but they do have to form collaborative and respectful relationships.

Start building a supportive culture by getting a multigenerational group together to talk about the defining moments in their lives. This is a great way for multigenerational groups to establish relationships.

Stimulate the discussion by asking questions such as:

  1. What was cool when you were growing up?
  2. What was all the rage in fashion?
  3. What music and movies did you like growing up?
  4. Who were your role models?
  5. What is important to your generation?
  6. What are your core values?

Source: Adapted from HCPro’s book A Practical Guide to Managing the Multigenerational Workforce: Skills for Nurse Mangers.

Editor’s note: Do you have a best practice you would like to share? E-mail them to associate editor Cameran Erny at and see your name in print!

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