Decision Making


The purpose of the Decision Making RIIG 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 RIIG 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.

RIIG Communication

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Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – February 2021 Issue
Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – October 2020 Issue
Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – July 2020 Issue
Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – April 2019 Issue

Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – Spring 2019 Issue
Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – Fall 2018 Issue
Decision Making RIIG Newsletter – July 2018 Issue

Meet the RIIG Leadership


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


Elizabeth Eisenhauer, PhD, RN 
Assistant Professor, Oakland University 

2021-2022 RIIG Awards

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

Please be sure to visit the RIIG Award submission site to nominate a fellow RIIG member today.

Opens:  October 7, 2021
Closes:  December 3, 2021, by 5pm EST

If the above link does not load quickly, you can access the RIIG Award Nomination site by accessing the main MNRS conference submission site:

  • Login using your email address and personal password.
  • Click on the Submissions box.
  • Access My Dashboard
  • Submit RIIG Award

If you continue to have issues, please be sure to call the Executive Office at 615-432-0098 or email

Annual Goals

Our primary goals are two-fold:

  • To increase member communication and sharing of current decision-making research accomplishments and projects in process. Following on success of annual meeting, we will move from newsletter to Zoom format.
  • Membership campaign: “Decision-Making as Your 2nd RIIG”. We intend to provide information (through RIIG chairs to minimize competitive concerns) regarding relevance of decision-science to the research of each of the areas of nursing research content represented in the other RIIGs, including existing decision-making concepts and approaches not identified as decision science, and areas of RIIG focus research that could be enhanced with formal addition of decision science concepts or methods. In a non-critical manner, identify decision-making concepts, variables and measures currently in the research content of other RIIGs that is without the theoretical foundation of rigor of contemporary decision science. Deliverables proposed include jointly authored essays for RIIG newsletters and an annual meeting symposium (competitive for 2021 or at next round of guaranteed) with joint presentations of nurse scientist who primarily identifies as a decision-making researcher and a nurse scientist who did not, but now identifies decision-making concepts in her/his research.

Overall/Long Term Goals

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

Recent Activities/Highlights

  • Congratulations to Decision Making RIIG 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.

RIIG Minutes/Meeting Summary

If you are interested in learning more about the Decision Making RIIG, please explore the minutes from the past meetings:
Decision Making RIIG Annual Report from the 2021 Annual Research Conference
Decision Making RIIG Annual Report from the 2020 Annual Research Conference
Decision Making RIIG Annual Report from the 2019 Annual Research Conference
Decision Making RIIG Annual Report from the 2018 Annual Research Conference

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