Generational diversity--the Nexters

AORN J. 2003 Sep;78(3):373-9. doi: 10.1016/s0001-2092(06)60749-7.


For the first time in recent history, the workforce includes four generations of employees--Veterans, Baby Boomers, Generation Xers, and Nexters. These generations share some common values and beliefs, but they also exhibit differences stemming from the experiences of their eras. Understanding and appreciating these differences will help decrease generational conflict and support all generations in welcoming diversity. The Nexter generation includes more than 81 million people, approximately 30% of the current population. Nexters will enter the workforce in large numbers and will influence changes in the work environment just as Baby Boomers did.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Intergenerational Relations*
  • Interprofessional Relations*
  • Middle Aged
  • Nurses / classification
  • Nurses / psychology*
  • Patients / psychology
  • Perioperative Nursing* / education
  • Perioperative Nursing* / organization & administration
  • United States