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Journal for Nurses in Staff Development - JNSD:
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31825dfae5
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Generational Differences and Learning Style Preferences in Nurses From a Large Metropolitan Medical Center

Robinson, Jo-Ann DNP, APRN-BC, RN-BC, C-OB; Scollan-Koliopoulos, Melissa EdD, APRN-BC, CDE, BC-ADM; Kamienski, Mary PhD, RN, APN, CEN, FAEN; Burke, Kathleen PhD, RN

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Abstract

Nursing educators face the challenge of presenting educational programs to meet the learning needs of four diverse generational groups of nurses. This cross-sectional survey examined if there is a relationship between staff nurses’ generation and their learning styles. Results show that a combination of years in practice, time lapsed since last educational program ended, current school enrollment, degree earned, and generation influences preferred learning style. Implications for educators are discussed.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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