This benchmark project explores the unique learning styles and generational characteristics of Generation Z nurses (those born between 1995 - 2012). The need exists for a change in traditional orientation and onboarding processes to meet the needs of Gen Z nurses. Gen Y and Gen Z nurses are expected to make up 50% of the workforce by 2024. Retention of these nurses is critical to a hospital organization as it is an effective strategy in dealing with the nursing shortage. Specific strategies for engaging the gen Z nurses include incorporating more digital platforms in the orientation and onboarding process, face to face orientation consisting of interactive small group sessions, and assigning a mentor to each new nurse. This new process will lead to improved retention of a stable nursing team, cost savings for the organization, and improved patient satisfaction.

Date of publication

Fall 12-4-2022

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



MSN Education

Included in

Nursing Commons