Work engagement in magnet®-designated hospitals: Exploring social and institutional demographics of rns to optimize improvement efforts

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OBJECTIVE:: This study analyzed and evaluated relationships between work engagement (WE) and social/institutional demographic variables of RNs in Magnet®-designated hospitals. BACKGROUND:: Organizational structures of Magnet-designated hospitals are recognized to promote engagement of RNs. Because little is known about relationships between WE and the social/institutional demographics of nurses, this study focused on age (generation), gender, education, shift, hours worked per week, percentage of time in direct patient care, and nursing unit. METHODS:: A convenience sample of hospital RNs (n = 220) completed 2 surveys to measure WE and demographic variables in this descriptive correlational study. RESULTS:: Shift was significantly related to RN engagement; however, age, gender, education, hours worked per week, percentage of time in direct patient care, and nursing unit were not. CONCLUSIONS:: This study provides empirical evidence about the relationships between WE and social/institutional characteristics of RNs. The findings are relevant to patients, nurses, nurse leaders, and organizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)667-672
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013


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  • Leadership and Management

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