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Appreciating age diversity and German nurse wellbeing and commitment: Coworker trust as the mediator.

By N.K. Lehmann-Willenbrock, Z. Lei and S. Kauffeld

Abstract

Nursing practice faces the challenges of succeeding with a great diversity of customers and managing a diverse workforce with a wide range of age differences. While age diversity can lead to increased creativity and a greater richness of values and skills, it can also lead to value clashes, disrespect of each other's viewpoints, and increased conflict. As a result, nurses frequently experience stress, work–life imbalance, and a withdrawal from commitment. We propose the injection of positive diversity mindsets (age diversity appreciation) as one remedy. Specifically, we suggest that age diversity appreciation is positively related to nurses' well-being (stress and work–life balance), and also positively related to their team commitment. We further hypothesize that nurses' trust in co-workers mediates the hypothesized relationships. Our survey data of 138 nurses in a large hospital in Germany supported our hypotheses. We discuss both theoretical and managerial implications of our findings in the context of age diversity and nursing work outcomes in hospitals

Year: 2012
DOI identifier: 10.1111/j.1442-2018.2012.00681.x
OAI identifier: oai:dare.ubvu.vu.nl:1871/41220
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