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J Nurs Adm. 2013 Dec;43(12):667-72. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000009.

Work engagement in Magnet(®)-designated hospitals: Exploring social and institutional demographics of RNs to optimize improvement efforts.

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Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
24232241
DOI:
10.1097/NNA.0000000000000009
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