Theusage of standardized nursing language to document nursing care isimportant for the entire nursing profession in addition todirect/bedside care nurses. Some of the nurses have raised alarm onthe fact they carry out the documentation of their care usingstandard nursing languages, yet they do not fully comprehend whatthey are doing. Therefore, it is important to assess the importanceof these standardized languages to nursing and whether the standardsshould be limited to specific areas or be used in all nursingdepartments.
Theuse of standardized nursing languages is important for nurses indocumenting care because it improves the communication among nursesand the management of the health facilities. Improved communicationby using the standards among nurses is important because it helps inalerting them to significant interventions that may not be in presentin their areas (Brokel,2010).Additionally, the standardized nursing languages ensure highervisibility of their interventions considering that nurses need toprecisely show what they do for patients (Matneyet al., 2011).Most of the communications taking place among nurses is via informalnotes, thus making their work invincible. However, the use ofstandardizednursing languages that is computerized will result to a morepatient-centered care (Westra 2010). Thestandardized nursing languages should be used across all nursingpractice so that nurses in other departments understand theintervention on the patients and to facilitate a means for followingup the interventions rendered. The nursing profession should be mademore visible through the adoption of that standardized nursinglanguages across all the departments (McGonigle & Mastrian,2015). As an example in my area of work, we use NANDA (North AmericanNursing Diagnosis Association), which is a standard language utilizedwhile in the acute care environment.
Inconclusion, standardized nursing languages are important to thenursing to the nursing profession because it helps toimprove the communication among nurses and the management of thehealth facilities. Moreover, the standardizednursing language ensureshigher visibility of their interventions since they need to preciselyshow what they do for patients. The implementation of thestandardizednursing languages should be carried out across all nursing practiceto ensure that the work of nurses can be understood in the entirehealth department.
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