Journal Article

Appreciation of age diversity and German nurse well-being and commitment

Nursing and Health Sciences 14 (2): 213–220
Nale Lehmann-Willenbrock, Zhike Lei, Simone Kauffeld (2012)
Subject(s): Health and environment, Human resources management/organizational behavior
Keyword(s): age diversity, commitment, co-worker trust, nurse well-being

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 coworkers 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.

© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd

Volume 14
Issue 2
Pages 213–220