Decisional Involvement Among Staff Nurses Based on Educational Level and Certification Status

Ugur E. , Scherb C. A. , Specht J. K.

WESTERN JOURNAL OF NURSING RESEARCH, vol.37, no.5, pp.619-633, 2015 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/0193945914528069
  • Page Numbers: pp.619-633


Mechanisms to enhance the work environment are nurse decisional involvement (DI), obtainment of a baccalaureate or higher degree, and specialty certification. The purpose of this descriptive comparative study was to determine the difference between actual and preferred DI of staff nurses on the overall Decisional Involvement Scale (DIS), the differences based on its subscales, and those based on education level and certification. The sample included 163 staff nurses from a Midwestern health care organization. A statistically significant difference was found between actual and preferred DI, but no difference was found based on educational level and certification. There is a need to focus on nurses with a BSN/master's degree or specialty certification and to conduct comprehensive studies to address the effects of education and certification on DI. An additional strategy that can be useful for organizations is to provide nurses with the empowerment structures, expectations, and mentoring/coaching to become involved in the process of decision making.