1. Di Fiore, Tina MSN, RN, NNP-BC, CNS
  2. Zito, Antoinette MSN, RN, CPAN
  3. Berardinelli, Amy DNP, RN, CPAN, NE-BC
  4. Bena, James F. MS
  5. Morrison, Shannon L. MS
  6. Keck, Diane E. MSM, BSN, RN, CEN
  7. Kennedy, Kathleen MSN, RN, CCNS
  8. Stibich, Ann BSN, RN-BC
  9. Albert, Nancy M. PhD, RN, CCNS, NE-BC, FAAN


OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in the shared decision-making perceptions of clinical nurses between initial implementation of a shared governance model and perceptions 3 years later after the model has matured.


BACKGROUND: Shared decision-making empowers nurses to have a voice in their practice and supports engagement and retention.


METHODS: A prospective, 2-group comparative design was conducted using the Index of Professional Nursing Governance, a validated, reliable tool. After comparing data univariately, a multivariable linear regression model was used to evaluate the impact of nurse characteristics on shared decision-making responses.


RESULTS: Mean overall shared decision-making score (P = .23) and domain scores (P values between .055 and .63) did not increase in 2015 compared with 2012. After adjusting for differences in nurse characteristics between groups, overall score (P = .017) and 3 of 6 domain scores improved: professional control of work, structures for decisions and access to information (all P values between .005 and .031).


CONCLUSION: As shared governance became established, shared decision-making scores increased.