SESSION
Sunday, November 13, 2005: 10:30 AM-11:45 AM
Special Session: Generations - A Walk Through the Past, Present, and Future of Nursing
Learning Objective #1: Identify inter-generational dynamics in professional relationships
Learning Objective #2: Identify strategies for cross-generational professional relationship building
Repeatedly in conference halls, hospital break rooms, and faculty meetings, issues of generational differences are discussed. We often begin and end conversations by defining the conflict, applying labels, and hoping for the best. By continually discussing conflict rather than cooperation, and differences rather than commonalities, we have stagnated dialogue between and across generations. In continually defining generational differences we have failed to address this issue in a manner that would provide useful strategies. Participants in this session will experience a dramatic performance of nursingís past, present, and future. Through the use of skits, PowerPoint, banners, and handouts, participants will walk away from this session entertained, inspired, and informed. Part one will begin with our narrator framing the scene taking place before the audience. Two nurses (generational archetypes), one from the 1970ís and one from the 1990ís wearing nursing uniforms appropriate for the times, discuss a patientís care with a physician. Behind each nurse a banner chronicles the major historical events that have shaped her generational experience. The narrator continues to weave the story of these two nurses for the audience as we begin part two, and move to present day. We will bring to light shared values common to nurses across generations and highlight contributions that each generation makes to patient care. In part three the focus will shift to relationships that epitomize inter-generational respect and appreciation. Strategies to develop and cultivate these relationships will be presented. Part three will conclude with our generational archetypes enacting this relationship as they look to the future and prepare to welcome the next generation of nurses.
Organizer:Jennifer Lynn Hobbs, RN, MSN
Presenters:Katie Hostvedt, RN, MSN
Patrica White, MSN, RN
Viola Benavente, MSN, RN, CNS
Margo Brooks, MSN, CRNP
Lusine Poghosyan, BNS, MPH
Danica Fulbright Sumpter, MSN, RN
Lisa Whitfield-Harris, MSN, MBA, RN
Lichuan Ye, RN

Sigma Theta Tau International
38th Biennial Convention - Clinical Sessions
November 12-13, 2005
Indianapolis, IN