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Minority nurses’ students face a number of challenges that are behind their high rate of attrition. One of the barriers is limited finances, which make it hard for them to pay for the needed fees and for their own upkeep during the study period. Secondly, they face discrimination and bias, which makes it hard for them to concentrate on their studies. They also lack social support and tend to be isolated (Houston, C. 2020). Some of them also have family responsibilities, which add to their school workload. Language and communication are, at times, a barrier as English is not their first language. According to Kelly, M., & Gleeson, H. (2018), cultural barriers again also impact negatively on their capability to study.
Generation Y relates to the young generation who are beginning their career. They tend to be passionate and hand working. They also show a high commitment to their work. However, they value independence and do not want to feel tied to a role or profession. They value flexibility and an environment where they are valued and accepted. Generation Z is more like the generation Y. This generation tends to have a wide outlook on their career. They tend to be unsure of whether to focus their whole career in a given profession. They value career growth and are more digital-oriented. Baby boomers are much the same as generation X (Clark, K. R. 2017). These are people who have been in action for quite some time with more than 25 years of experience.
The multigenerational outlook in nursing presents positive diversity but also challenges. The mix of young nurses and older ones facilitates the transfer of knowledge. Baby boomers and generation X have much to offer, and generation Y and Z can. Still, it presents some challenges to the nursing workplace. The four groups tend to have different expectations, attitudes, and work habits (Houston, C. 2020). This, at times, present conflicts and lower productivity.
Clark, K. R. (2017). Managing multiple generations in the workplace. Radiologic technology, 88(4), 379-396.
Houston, C. (2020). Professional issues in nursing: Challenges and opportunities. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer. ISBN-13: 978-1-4963-9818-5
Kelly, M., & Gleeson, H. (2018). Factors affecting black and minority ethnic students’ decisions to access mindfulness-based support at university. MENTAL HEALTH, 2019.