An Exploration of Factors Associated with Nurses' Perceptions of Decisional Involvement

Jennifer Promes, Susan Barnason

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OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to evaluate nurses' perceptions of decisional involvement (DI). BACKGROUND Decisional involvement is a measure or gauge of nurses' perceived shared leadership. There has been limited research examining factors associated with actual and preferred DI. METHODS A descriptive, observational study design was used. A total of 189 RNs completed the Decisional Involvement Scale and Evidence-Based Practice Implementation Scale. Nurses' preferred DI (DI-P) and actual DI (DI-A) were analyzed, and DI total and subscale scores were compared based on nurses' demographic and clinical practice characteristics. RESULTS The DI-A and DI-P total scores were significantly different, including subscales for DI-A compared with DI-P score. Dissonance scores by subscale were highest for recruitment, governance, and support. Unit-based council (UBC) participants had significantly higher actual DI, compared with non-UBC participants. Nurses' perceptions of implementing evidence-based practice (EBP) was not significantly different by low versus high EBP implementation; nor were the scores significantly correlated with their DI-A or DI-P scores. CONCLUSIONS Findings indicate nurses' perceptions of DI-A and DI-P. This study provided further examination of the differences and interrelationships between DI and nurses' demographic and clinical practice characteristics. Dissonance DI scores provide opportunities for targeting interventions to engage nurses in shared leadership.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-148
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Nursing Administration
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management


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