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It’sof great importance to have a standardized nursing language thatentails standardized nursing terminologies and values as it leads toimproved patient care and continuity of nursing care of patients(Thoroddsen, Saranto, Ehrenberg, &amp Sermeus, 2009). The quality ofdocumentation and use of uniform nursing terminologies leads tosharing of information on a multidisciplinary nursing level which isvital especially in complicated scenarios where a patient requiresthe attention of several nursing expatriates from differentdisciplines more so in time sensitive critical situations (Sermeus,Procter &amp Weber2016).

Accordingto Thoroddsen et al. (2009), a continuity of health care is vitalsince it constitutes keeping of personnel’s assessment so that thedocuments can be assessed even years afterward for informed patientguidance. Imagine an ER nurse who has to explain the first aidadministered when transferring a patient to a theater nurse? If theterminologies differ in a critical condition, it could as well leadto communication barrier which may result in the gradual demise of apatient. Therefore it’s of great importance to have a standardizednursing language that cuts across the entire scope of the nursingdiscipline.

Accordingto Coenen,Marin, Park &amp Bakken (2001), the International Council of Nurses(ICN), an umbrella organization for nurses, has come up with aplatform known as the International Classification of NursingPractice (ICNP) that is aimed towards standardization of the nursinglanguage in about one hundred and twenty member countries. The ICNPhosts a multidisciplinary nursing platform to share information withthe aim of improving healthcare by

  • Improving communication between nurses and other medical expatriates.

  • ICNP allows research through sharing of data and trends across different geographic clinical populations.

  • Influence health policy-making via data provision among others.

ICNthrough ICNP is one of the key examples of nursing languagestandardization platforms and the various objectives achieved throughstandardized nursing language from a lower level up to the globalscale.


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