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Intensity of Registered Nurse Participation in Nursing Home Decision Making1

Ruth A. Anderson and Reuben R. McDaniel

in The Gerontologist

Published on behalf of The Gerontological Society of America

Volume 38, issue 1, pages 90-100
Published in print February 1998 | ISSN: 0016-9013
Published online February 1998 | e-ISSN: 1758-5341 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geront/38.1.90
Intensity of Registered Nurse Participation in Nursing Home Decision Making1

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In this study of data obtained from nursing home administrators and directors of nursing, we found that intensity of registered nurses' (RNs') participation in nursing home decision making varied with decision content and decision level. The primary decision activity in which RNs participated was raising the issue. The decision activity in which they participated least was choosing the alternative. The primary mechanism for RN involvement was through informal meetings. Patterns of participation varied across nursing homes and were important in explaining the extent to which RNs influence decision outcomes. RN influence over the final choice was explained by their involvement in the decision activity of raising the issue and by their involvement through informal meetings.

Keywords: Participation in decision making; Influence; Research

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Subjects: Geriatric Medicine ; Biological Sciences ; Psychology ; Gerontology and Ageing

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