Decision Making


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.

RIG Communication

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Decision Making RIG Newsletter – April 2019 Issue
Decision Making RIG Newsletter – Spring 2019 Issue
Decision Making RIG Newsletter – Fall 2018 Issue
Decision Making RIG Newsletter – July 2018 Issue

Meet the RIG Leadership for 2019 – 2020


Richard Martin, DNP, MBA, RN, CFP
PhD Student, Case Western Reserve University


Nicholas Schiltz, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Case Western Reserve University


Grant Pignatiello, PhD, RN 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Case Western Reserve University


Elizabeth Eisenhauer, PhD, RN 
Visiting Instructor, Oakland University 

Past Co-Chair

Tanya L. Trotter, APRN, MSN, PHCNS-BC
PhD Student, University of North Dakota College of Nursing

Past Co-Chair 

Karen O. Moss, PhD, RN, CNL  
Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University

Grant Representative

Tamra Shea, MSN, RN  
Assistant Professor, Western Carolina University

2019-2020 RIG Awards

The Decision Making RIG is proud to announce the following award opportunities to the RIG membership:

Please be sure to attend the RIG meeting at the 2020 Annual Research Conference to learn more about the award recipients. 

2018-2019 RIG Awards

Decision Making:
Dissertation Award
Grant Pignatiello, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

Decision Making:
New Investigator
Nicholas Schiltz, PhD
Case Western Reserve University

2019 – 2020 Goals

  • Increase membership by reaching out to past members who may not realize they did not re-select the RIG in their membership
  • Continue communication via newsletter and highlighting of membership quarterly
  • Submit guaranteed symposium abstract for 2019 meeting

Overall/Long Term Goals

  • Increase membership by 10%.
  • Increase communication by leveraging novel communication strategies (use of new MNRS website RIG specific page, social media)
  • Collaborate with another RIG for either a competitive co-sponsored symposium or a pre-conference workshop.

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.

RIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Decision Making RIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Decision Making RIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Decision Making RIG Annual Report from the 2018 Annual Research Conference

Decision Making RIG Annual Report from the 2017 Annual Research Conference
Decision Making RIG Annual Report from the 2016 Annual Research Conference