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Narrowing the Gap: Gen-gagement

Narrowing the Gap is the second phase of a West Midlands hosted work stream that aims to better understand factors that influence different generations of Nurses and Midwives to remain working in the profession and to seek ideas about how we design and support great nursing careers and retain and grow a resilient future workforce.


The initial phase of this work resulted in the production of a report titled Mind the Gap: exploring the need of early career nurses and midwives in the workplace. Read the full Mind the gap report.

The work highlighted that that there are generational concepts that require consideration if we are to appropriately support individuals in their careers. For the first time in history four different generations are working together in the same employment environment.With this in mind, our work has highlighted that that there are generational concepts that require consideration if we are to appropriately support individuals in their careers. There are generational nuances related to expectations, perceptions and motivations and these are highly relevant in terms of staff engagement, career progression and retention. Understanding differing motivational needs across generations offers employers and education providers a real opportunity to better align support to meet individual needs and to enhance career development.

Narrowing the Gap: gen-gagement aims to do two things:

  1. To work locally with Chief Nurses and key generational reference groups to identify practical, high impact actions that could potentially enhance engagement, career progression and retention across the workforce.
  2. To scope innovations and developments already initiated or implemented nationally and internationally in this area to create a repository of stories/examples that employers can share and learn from.

Creating the ‘Gen-gagement’ learning space

As part of this work we are constructing an exciting virtual space whereby organisations can share their learning from innovation and developments designed to engage different generations in the nursing and midwifery workforce and enhance career progression and retention. This includes supporting and encouraging those approaching retirement age to remain working for longer in their profession.

 

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