Four distinct generations have come together to work cooperatively, producing higher quality nursing students who are engaged and satisfied in their learning experience from nursing faculty. The multigenerational nursing faculty workforce must learn to work together through positive collaboration, using teamwork strategies, and decreasing conflict and negative influences in the workplace. Strauss and Howe’s (1991) generational-cycle model depicted four archetypes that recur throughout history every 22 years; the life stages of generations provided the foundation for this study. Generations can come together if they understand what various generational cohorts perceive as positive collaboration factors, teamwork strategies, and negative influences. A 2-round modified Delphi research technique was used for this study. Thirty percent of the schools of nursing in Texas received an invitation to participate. A total of 84 nurses participated in Round 1, and 59 nurses participated in Round 2. Data collection occurred between April 2018 and March 2019. Qualitative information including a 5-question survey in Round 1. Data from Round 1 was the basis for a quantitative Round 2 survey comprised of a Likert-type scale and a drag-and-drop Top-3 analysis. Analysis: Descriptive statistics and conventional content-analysis techniques were employed for data analysis. Implementation of a research study using an online modified Delphi method exposed the challenges and consensus among nursing faculty and revealed successful collaboration strategies that are pertinent to working in a multigenerational workforce.

Date of publication

Fall 10-15-2019

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Committee members

Danita Alfred, Belinda Deal, Staci Zolkoski


PhD in Nursing

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Nursing Commons