Reverse Mentoring and Intergenerational Learning in Nursing Bridging generational diversity: Reverse Mentoring and Intergenerational Learning in Nursing Bridging generational diversity

Girija Kalayil Madhavanprabhakaran *, Frincy Francis, Leodoro J Labrague

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This article aimed to discuss the scope of reverse mentoring and intergenerational learning in nursing.
Accordingly, it discusses the characteristics, significance, benefits, conceptual framework, implementation strategy
and application of reverse mentoring in nursing. Reverse mentoring occurs when a technically competent younger
employee mentors a senior experienced employee and reciprocally exchanges the work culture and soft skills. Diverse
intergenerational learning spurs innovation through the sharing of knowledge, skills, competencies, norms and values.
Thus, reverse mentoring helps to enhance the quality of education, practice-outcomes and employee development.
It should be adopted for a multigenerational workforce to promote diversity, keep employees technically competent
and updated in ever-changing nursing profession. Presently, the COVID-19 pandemic has given rise to an urgent need
for technical competency and knowledge sharing among the diverse multigenerational nursing workforce. Therefore,
a reverse-mentoring strategy is proposed as a sustainable cost-effective intergenerational knowledge-sharing tool for
the current era of economic crisis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-478
Number of pages7
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Cultural diversity
  • Intergenerational Relations
  • Mentorship
  • Learning
  • Mentoring
  • Preceptorship
  • Nursing
  • COVID-19

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