1. Havens, Donna Sullivan PhD, RN
  2. Vasey, Joseph PhD


Key organizations and new legislation are promoting staff nurse involvement in decisions about nursing practice and patient care as a long-term strategy to improve the culture of the work environment. The authors discuss the Decisional Involvement Scale (DIS), a multipurpose measure that can be used as a diagnostic tool, an organizational development strategy, and an evaluative instrument. In addition, support to substantiate the DIS as a valid and reliable measure is summarized.