Rochester, Minnesota




The research of Lori M. Rhudy, Ph.D., R.N., centers on decision-making and judgment in the clinical setting. Specifically, Dr. Rhudy is interested in how nurses and other health care professionals identify patient-care priorities and develop a plan of care. Of special interest is how nurses use this information to predict and prevent complications.

Dr. Rhudy is also recognized as an expert in qualitative research methods and has conducted a number of studies aimed at understanding patient preference and factors that patients use in making decisions about care.

Focus areas

  • Clinical judgment and decision-making
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Nursing staff development

Significance to patient care

The work done by Dr. Rhudy is essential to the advancement of nursing care. With a shortage of nursing staff and faculty, understanding how nurses' clinical judgments develop and are used to promote patient safety is a priority. The creation of work environments that support and enhance nurses' and other health professionals' clinical judgment is a keystone to patient safety initiatives, especially in the context of the changing health care environment.

Professional highlights

  • Trustee, American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, 2012-2017
  • President, American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, 2016
  • President-elect, American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, 2015
  • Invited speaker, University of Minnesota Evidence-Based Practice colloquia, 2013-2015
  • Secretary/treasurer, American Board of Neuroscience Nursing, 2014
  • Recipient, King Hussein Scholarship, Mayo Clinic Department of Nursing, 2002-2005

Clinical Studies

See my clinical studies


See my publications


Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Nursing


  1. PhD - Nursing Loyola University Chicago
  2. MS - Clinical Nurse Specialist University of Wisconsin, Madison
  3. BS Winona State University

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