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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

Journal for Nurses in Staff Development: July/August 2012 - Volume 28 - Issue 4 - p 166–172
doi: 10.1097/NND.0b013e31825dfae5

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.

The authors describe a survey to determine the relationship between nurses’ generation and their learning styles.

Jo-Ann Robinson, DNP, APRN-BC, RN-BC, C-OB, is System Director for Professional Practice and Magnet, Bon Secours Charity Health System, New York.

Melissa Scollan-Koliopoulos, EdD, APRN-BC, CDE, BC-ADM, is Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at New Jersey Medical School University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Mary Kamienski, PhD, RN, APN, CEN, FAEN, is Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey School of Nursing, Newark.

Kathleen Burke, PhD, RN, is Assistant Dean of Nursing, Ramapo College of New Jersey.

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

ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Jo-Ann Robinson, DNP, APRNBC, RN-BC, C-OB, 234 Park Avenue, Park Ridge, NJ 07656 (e-mail:

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