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The purpose of the Decision Making RIG is to advance inquiry of various aspects of decision-making within nursing science, provide a forum for disseminating knowledge relative to decision-making, promote opportunities for scholarly networking and mentoring and recognize significant contributions of nurses to decision science research.

The Decision Making RIG is fortunate to have many experienced and funded researchers who actively contribute to the body of decision-making knowledge. Our members embrace a rich diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of decision-making and choice behaviors, including: nurses' clinical reasoning and decision-making, self-management decisions in heart failure, decision-making in care-giving for dementia, women's decisions about menopause and depressive symptom management, cultural aspects of decision-making, and women's decision-making about breast cancer treatment.

Who Should Join?

  • Nurses and nursing students with an interest in decision making science, clinical reasoning in nursing practice, shared provider-health care recipient decision making, or choice behaviors of health care recipients in all arenas of nursing practice.

Overall/Long Term Goals

Showcase decision making research and provide linkages between researchers through the following:

  • Developing a networking structure within the RIG to enable collegial decision making discussions.

2017-2018 Goals

Immediate Goals:

  • Encourage members to engage with the Decision Making RIG through:
    • Communication at regular intervals throughout the year to highlight member activities, accomplishments, and research interests.
    • Participation in RIG activities, such as award nomination and review of applications
  • Expand RIG membership
  • Publicize 2018 Awards to encourage nominations

Future Goals:

  • Plan Guaranteed Symposium for 2019 MNRS Conference
  • Expand RIG membership
  • Recognize member accomplishments through annual awards

2017-2018 Section Contacts

Chair  Lisa Carter Harris
Chair-Elect     TBD TBD
Past Chair Betsy (Mary Elizabeth) Wilber
Grant Rep

Martha Libster

Ron Piscotty


Recent Activities/Highlights

  • Congratulations to Decision Making RIG chair Dr. Lisa Carter-Harris who is the recipient of an R15 grant funded by the National Cancer Institute to test the conceptual model she developed to understand lung cancer screening participation from the perspective of the individual making the decision to screen or not for lung cancer. This is a 3-year mixed methods study that will help advance the state of the science in this emerging cancer screening option for high-risk smokers.

2017-2018 RIG Awards to be Offered

Opens: August 1, 2017
Closes: November 10, 2017

Outstanding Dissertation /Doctor of Nursing Practice Project Award
Emerging Scholar Award
Senior Researcher Award

To apply, please email your application to the RIG Chair
Questions? Please email the RIG Chair

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

Click here to view the RIG Minutes from the 2016 Annual Research Conference.

Click here to view the RIG minutes from the 2017 Annual Research Conference.

RIG LinkedIn Page

To join the Decision Making LinkedIn page, click here.

RIG Listserv

A listserv is similar to a "group" email. When something is sent to the Listserv address, it is received by all subscribers assigned to the listserv. New and renewing members who choose to volunteer on a RIG will be automatically subscribed to the RIG's Listserv. Those who do not renew their dues with be automatically unsubscribed. The Listserv is updated weekly so it is always current.

RIG Group Pages

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