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Work Values of Generation Z Nurses

Hampton, Debra PhD, FACHE, RN, NEA-BC, CENP; Welsh, Darlene PhD, RN

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: October 2019 - Volume 49 - Issue 10 - p 480–486
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000791

OBJECTIVES To determine the work values of Generation Z nurses, a new generation in the current workforce.

BACKGROUND A new generation of nurses is now part of the nursing workforce. Generation Z nurses, born in 1995 (aged ≤24 years), will bring new expectations and ideals about life and work into healthcare work settings.

METHODS A descriptive, cross-sectional survey design was used to assess the work values of traditional baccalaureate Generation Z nursing students using the Lyons Work Values Survey.

RESULTS The work value component ranked most important by participants was social/altruistic, followed by instrumental/extrinsic, cognitive/intrinsic, and prestige.

CONCLUSION Helping people and having a job that is interesting and engaging while also offering job security and good benefits were the most important future Generation Z nurse work values.

Author Affiliations: Academic Program Coordinator of the MSN Leadership, DNP Executive Leadership, and MSN to DNP Programs and Assistant Professor (Dr Hampton) and Professor and Assistant Dean of BSN Program Studies (Dr Welsh), University of Kentucky College of Nursing, Lexington.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Hampton, 751 Rose St, Lexington, KY 40536 (

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