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.
Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Wonder, 1033 E 3rd St, Sycamore Hall (Room 408), Bloomington, IN 47405 (firstname.lastname@example.org).