Archive ORX Session Previews 2018

A Millennial Nurse Uncovers the Truth About Millennial Nurses

Tap into the potential of younger nurses by finding out what makes them tick.

Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN


Brittney Wilson, BSN
Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN The Nerdy Nurse Rome, Ga.

Millennials — the term created for the 18- to 35-year-olds that are filling the workforce — often follows some snarky commentary about snowflakes and iPhone use. The situation is no different for millennial nurses. No matter what generation you are from, it's highly likely you've participated in or been the topic of discussion about these entitled nurses.

But here is the truth. Millennials are not what you might think and The Nerdy Nurse (the alter ego of Brittney Wilson, BSN, RN) will tell you why. Ms. Wilson will debunk some of the most common misconceptions about millennial nurses, such as:

  • Millennial nurses aren't loyal. They're always looking for a bigger paycheck, so why should you invest time in their success? But the numbers tell a different story, one that may actually align with your facility's mission and values.
  • Millennial nurses don't have the same work ethic. They're working just to get by and are too absorbed in their phones or free-range lifestyles to provide the level of care we've seen in previous generations of nurses. Understanding the truth about their work ethic will make it easier for you to relate to them and provide them with the tools to succeed.
  • Millennial nurses need to be coddled. They need constant feedback, which takes time away from other important tasks managers must oversee. What comes across as needy is actually a call for something bigger and more useful to you both.
  • Millennial nurses only work to fund their obsessions. To them it's just a job and as long as they can afford their expensive brunches and pumpkin spice lattes they're good to go. As Ms. Wilson takes you deeper into the mind of a millennial, you'll be surprised at the overlaps be-tween their ambitions and your facility's mission.
  • Millennial nurses are constantly after more money. They only care about their next promotion or pay raise. But if we look past the monetary gains of promotion, what is it millennials are really after?

After the truth is revealed, Ms. Wilson will go over real strategies for engaging with millennial nurses. How you can get to know your youngest staff members — their goals and ambitions — and how they align with your facility's mission and ideals?­ OSM

  • Known as The Nerdy Nurse, Ms. Wilson blogs about nursing, technology, health IT and other healthcare topics at
  • Award-winning author and blogger, international keynote speaker and influential social media personality in the nursing, technology and healthcare IT communities.
  • Currently working as a user development manager creating engaging experiences for healthcare professionals through gamification and online community.
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