The Importance of Standardized Nursing Terminology
The Rutherford (2008) article Standardized Nursing Language: What Does It Mean for Nursing Practice is one of the resources in this module. The author recounts a visit to a local hospital to observe the recent implementation of a new coding system in this article.
During the visit, one of the nurses said to her, “We document our care using standardized nursing languages, but we don’t fully understand why” (Rutherford, 2008, para. 1).
How would you respond to a comment like this?
To Get Ready:
Examine the informatics concepts presented in the Resources, especially Rutherford, M. (2008) Standardized Nursing Language: What Does It Mean for Nursing Practice?
Consider a nurse leader’s role as a knowledge worker.
Consider how data that is collected/accessed can inform knowledge.