Did you grow up doing any of the following a. playing Oregon Trail on a desktop computer b. wearing Playskool roller skates velcroed over your Keds c. watching the TV hit Full House? If so, you might be a millennial. My husband and I always argue about which of us is a millennial (he is clearly too old to be considered). Most people, however, define the generation as those individuals born from the early 1980's through the mid 1990's. As this generation establishes itself further and further in the workforce, we can expect to see some changes in the coming years.
I have to admit. I wasn't quite sure how to relate Martin Luther King Jr. day to the nurse practitioner profession. I explored the obvious connection, minorities in nursing, but the statistics I uncovered weren't particularly compelling and I was bored by the potential content of my post. Then, I uncovered a few quotes from the famous Martin Luther King Jr. which are some of the most thought provoking I have read.
I'm not usually one to chime in on gender in the workplace discussions. Frankly, I'm not one to tip toe around politically correct lines. I'm a hire the right person for the job kind of individual rather than one who envisions workplaces with a 50-50 balance of men and women. Recently, however, a gender related matter hit the email list serve and became a discussion topic with my employer affecting my work as a nurse practitioner. Here's what happened.
As a nurse practitioner, I would probably describe my relationships with the physicians with whom I work as collaboration. In most cases I see my own patients independently. The charts for these encounters are signed by a physician as required by state law. When I do have a question, the MDs I work with are happy to help. On the other hand, when a lower acuity patient walks through the door of the emergency department, I see the patient so physicians can focus on those of a higher acuity level. This structure represents teamwork, a collaborative and cooperative workplace environment.