August 12, 2019

Millennial nurse managers’ perspectives on their experiences in leadership roles

By: Judy Mathias

Editor’s Note

With millennials soon to make up 50% of the workforce, it is essential to recognize how the millennial nurses’ values and expectations shape their viewpoints to consider or reject leadership roles, this study finds.

For the study, a national sample of 25 millennial nurse managers were interviewed on their perspectives of their experiences in leadership roles.

Seven themes of experience emerged:

  • Coming into the role
  • Learning as I go
  • Having the support of my director
  • Making an impact
  • Helping staff succeed
  • Managing change
  • Trying to stay balanced.

To effectively recruit, develop, and retain millennial nurse managers, current leaders must consider the organizational and support factors that are important to them, the authors say.

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