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The Needs and Expectations of Generation Y Nurses in the Workplace

Lavoie-Tremblay, Melanie PhD, RN; Leclerc, Edith MSc; Marchionni, Caroline MSc Admin, MScA, RN; Drevniok, Ulrika MScA, RN

Journal for Nurses in Professional Development: January-February 2010 - Volume 26 - Issue 1 - p 2-8
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e3181a68951

Generation Y nurses represent the new nursing workforce. This article describes a study examining the needs, motivations, and expectations of generation Y nurses at the start of their careers. New nurses, on average 24.1 years old in 2007, were interviewed. The generation Y nurses reported that recognition was a key motivator. Their needs are stability, flexible work schedules and shifts, recognition, opportunities for professional development, and adequate supervision.

The authors describe a study examining how to integrate Generation Y nurses in the workplace.

Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay, PhD, RN, FRSQ Career Award Junior 1, is Assistant Professor, McGill University School of Nursing, Montréal, and Researcher, Research Center Fernand Seguin Hopital Louis-H Lafontaine, Québec, Canada.

Edith Leclerc, MSc, is PhD Candidate in Applied Social Sciences, University de Québec á Outaouais, Gatineau, Québec, Canada.

Caroline Marchionni, MSc Admin, MScA, RN, is Knowledge Broker, McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada.

Ulrika Drevniok, MScA, RN, is Research Coordinator, University of Ottawa Institute of Mental Health Research, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Melanie Lavoie-Tremblay, PhD, RN, McGill University School of Nursing, 3506 University Street, Montréal, Québec H3A 2A7, Canada (e-mail:

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