Blending Career and Key Personal Goals for the Millennial Workforce

Cornerstone Specialty Hospital in Shawnee, Oklahoma, a 34-bed long-term care facility, serves very complex patients – people recovering from sepsis, weaning ventilators, treating complex wounds – and the majority of its nurses have less than 40 years old. Head Nurse Amanda Kidd has several priorities in mind for her nursing staff.

“When it comes to Millennials, we need to be aware of their goals and make a connection so that they can see how the work they’re doing contributes to their goals,” she said. “We really need to promote work-life balance. And we have to be flexible, think about what we have to do and what they are trying to accomplish and think about how we mix the two. “

She should know: Kidd, 37, is part of the generation born between 1981 and 1996 called Millennials. A review of the literature published this spring in the Journal of Nursing Administration identified the factors that keep millennial nurses working: strong leadership, opportunities for advancement, alignment of organizational and personal values, good relationships with colleagues, a healthy work-life balance, recognition and a advanced technology.

“Millennials have specific job expectations and they will leave if they are not met,” the authors wrote.

At Carolina Caring, a critical illness management company based in Newton, North Carolina, the slogan “Fulfilling Every Day with a Purpose” appeals to millennial values, said Dana Killian, interim CEO. Its more than 400 staff provide palliative care, palliative care, primary home care and bereavement services to people living in 12 predominantly rural counties in western North Carolina.

“What Millennials want in a workplace is a big goal and a big mission,” Killian said. “They can see they’re part of something bigger and it’s a good job.”

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