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Shared Decision Making: Empowering the Bedside Nurse

Stephanie M. Slack
Jean M. Boguslawski
Rachel M. Eickhoff
Kristi A. Klein
Teresa M. Pepin
Kevin Schrandt
Carrie A. Wise
Jody A. Zylstra
CJON 2005, 9(6), 725-727 DOI: 10.1188/05.CJON.725-727

Shared decision making is a process that has empowered specialty nurses at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, to solve a practice concern. Staff nurses recognized a lack of concise, collated information available that described what nurses need to know when caring for patients receiving chemotherapy. Many aspects of the administration process were knowledge and experience based and not easily retrievable. The Hematology/Oncology/Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Practice Committee identifi ed this as a signifi cant practice issue. Ideas were brainstormed regarding how to make the information available to nursing colleagues. The Chemotherapy Yellow Pages is a resource that was developed to facilitate the rapid retrieval of pertinent information for bedside nurses. The content of this article outlines a model of shared decision making and the processes used to address and resolve the practice concern.

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