Millennial Nurses – Striking a balance between a busy workload and a peaceful life


The millennial generation is said to value work-life balance over anything else. A global millennial survey found that at the top of this generation’s career wish list is the ability to travel. Making an appearance at the top as well was having a positive impact on community. This means that other, more traditional success markers, like owning a home or starting a family are shunted down the priorities list.

Millennials: Why Work-Life Balance Matters

Millennials are expected to be reachable and available at all times instead of just the usual 9 to 5 office hours. They never get to switch off from their jobs. Coupled with a harsh economic climate, this has created a generation that often feels pessimistic and fed up with the outlook they’re presented with.

Perhaps due to this, there has also been a shift in career attitudes compared with previous generations. In contrast to the ‘job for life’ mentality of older generations, millennials now expect to have 3 to 5 jobs throughout their lifetime. A YouGov survey on millennials found that only 6% wanted to stay in their jobs for longer than 5 years with the majority stating they plan on leaving their current post within a year (Telegraph, Katie French, 2018).

The bottom line is attitudes have changed and the success markers that were important previously are no longer at the top of the list. Whether this is purely out of choice, or as a result of the difficult economic situation we’ve been in, the fact is, millennials want to work hard but live well above all else. And can you really blame them?

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What this Means for Millennial Nurses

Millennial nurses are no different when it comes to wanting a better deal. It’s clear that the archetypal image of a nurse as a female dressed in a frilly hat is now thankfully out-dated and known to be wholly inaccurate.  Fortunately, nowadays nurses are recognised as the highly skilled, academically accomplished and compassionate people that they are. However, there’s still work to be done in this area. It’s indisputable that being a nurse is a hugely enveloping and all-encompassing role. Nevertheless, if we’re to attain a good work-life balance for our millennial nurses, we need to allow them to embody an identity outside of their role as a nurse. To do this, we need to provide them with flexibility and a certain autonomy over their working patterns and schedules.

The nursing sector in the UK is aware of the importance of attracting and retaining millennials. They’re said to be the future of nursing both as frontline staff and in leadership roles. A study by Buerhaus and colleagues (Project HOPE—The People-to-People Health Foundation, Inc., 2017) points out the high numbers of nursing staff that will be retiring in the coming years. Evidently, it’s well within everyone’s interest to try and find a solution to this. However, it begs the original question – is it possible for millennial nurses to enjoy the good work-life balance they crave? And if so, how do we help them achieve this?

Locum Nursing: A solution for Millennial nurses?

Millennials are definitely keen to partake in freelance or contract work (Deloitte Global Millennial Survey, 2019). The reasons behind this appear to be the prospect of a bigger pay cheque, the ability to work more flexible hours and achieving this elusive ‘work-life balance’. Becoming a locum nurse is one of the  approaches that provide a way to work with flexibility. It allows nurses to have control over the hours they work and the type of work they do. Locuming is perfect for the millennial nurse that loves their job but also wants to invest in a life outside of it.

The benefits of being a locum:

Improved Work-Life Balance.
Having more control over their working patterns allows nurses to manage their time. This way, they can continue to give the best level of care whilst avoiding the much-dreaded burnout. It allows nurses to fit schedules around their lives and include family and hobbies.

Professional Development.
Working as a locum means nurses may get the opportunity to work in different fields or specialisms. They’re guaranteed to be exposed to a whole variety of different colleagues and patients that staying in the same job just can’t offer. As well as that, this will provide them with a unique opportunity to develop their skillset and thus progress in their medical career.

Better Pay.
Working locum jobs is likely to provide better rates of pay compared to working in a permanent nursing role. These rates are of course dependent on stage and skill-level, but as the roles are born out of necessity the compensation for them is likely to match the demand.

Enferm Medical

Enter Enferm Medical: a focused nursing agency. Our aim is to provide nurses with the right locum placement and vacancies with the right person for the job. In doing so, we hope to develop a culture of flexibility and give nurses the opportunity to create a good work-life balance on their own terms.

At Enferm Medical we strive to understand the needs of the nurses and medical professionals we work with. Our team consists mainly of millennials and we know how important it is to us to balance work and personal life. We’re consistently placing nurses in roles that both further their career and allow them to create a life where they’re in charge of their time.

Whether you’re a millennial or not, if you’re on the lookout for a role that allows you to balance things better, get in touch with us. We can provide you with more information and help you make the right choice for the future of your career and your peace of mind.




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