Future advancement of health care through standardized nursing terminologies: reflections from a Friends of the National Library of Medicine workshop honoring Virginia K. Saba

Karen Dunn Lopez, Laura Heermann Langford, Rosemary Kennedy, Kathleen McCormick, Connie White Delaney, Greg Alexander, Jane Englebright, Whende M. Carroll, Karen A. Monsen

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Abstract

Objective: To honor the legacy of nursing informatics pioneer and visionary, Dr. Virginia Saba, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine convened a group of international experts to reflect on Dr. Saba’s contributions to nursing standardized nursing terminologies. Process: Experts led a day-and-a-half virtual update on nursing’s sustained and rigorous efforts to develop and use valid, reliable, and computable standardized nursing terminologies over the past 5 decades. Over the course of the workshop, policymakers, industry leaders, and scholars discussed the successful use of standardized nursing terminologies, the potential for expanded use of these vetted tools to advance healthcare, and future needs and opportunities. In this article, we elaborate on this vision and key recommendations for continued and expanded adoption and use of standardized nursing terminologies across settings and systems with the goal of generating new knowledge that improves health. Conclusion: Much of the promise that the original creators of standardized nursing terminologies envisioned has been achieved. Secondary analysis of clinical data using these terminologies has repeatedly demonstrated the value of nursing and nursing’s data. With increased and widespread adoption, these achievements can be replicated across settings and systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1878-1884
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Medical Informatics Association
Volume30
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • health care policies
  • nursing care
  • population health
  • standardized nursing terminologies

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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