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  1. Keith, Angela C. MSN, RN
  2. Warshawsky, Nora PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
  3. Talbert, Steve PhD, RN


OBJECTIVE: To synthesize literature exploring the expectations of millennial nurses and factors that influence their retention.


BACKGROUND: Long-anticipated nursing shortages are happening nationwide in part from boomer retirements. These supply issues are expected to worsen because of an aging population who will require complex healthcare going forward. Millennial nurse turnovers, however, represent the biggest threat to supply.


METHODS: This extensive literature review was conducted following published guidelines. Thirteen publications regarding millennials' expectations of work were analyzed.


RESULTS: Millennials expect strong leadership, advancement opportunities, alignment of organizational and personal values, good coworker relationships, healthy work-life balance, recognition, and cutting-edge technology.


CONCLUSIONS: Millennials have specific expectations for work, and they will leave if these go unmet. Findings from this review provide valuable insight into this generation of nurses to help leaders create appropriate retention strategies. The limited literature on this topic highlights the need for more research.