Students’ Behaviours and Values

mod4-student-textingThe literature indicates that values are sometimes generation dependent. That is, how and when we were raised strongly informs our views on acceptable behaviour, and this permeates the workplace [1]. For example, preceptors may have problems understanding and/or accepting younger students’ attitudes towards:

  • Technology (eg. cell phone use)
  • Work ethics
  • Commitment/loyalty to the agency with whom they are placed
  • Choice of dress
  • Understanding of formality/professionalism acceptable in work situations
  • Personal boundaries

The key to navigating generational issues, similar to how cultural issues are best addressed, is to try to achieve a good understanding of the motivation behind a behaviour that is being experienced as problematic.

[1] Sherman, R., (2006). Leading a Multigenerational Nursing Workforce: Issues, Challenges and Strategies. The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 11(2), Manuscript 2. doi:10.3912/OJIN.Vol11No02Man02