Introducing standardized terminologies to nurses: Magic wands and other strategies

Karen S. Martin, Victoria L. Elfrink, Karen A. Monsen, Kathryn H. Bowles

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3 Scopus citations


Information technology advances have created a revolution that is transforming health care delivery. Practice, documentation, and communication are becoming data-driven. As a result, vendors are rapidly developing and upgrading their computerized clinical information systems; more health care providers are purchasing and implementing these systems. Many systems include standardized terminologies intended for use by nurses. It is imperative that nurses use these terminologies accurately and consistently in order to generate high-quality clinical data. Leaders and terminology committee members employed at practice, education, and research sites need to develop educational strategies to support nurse users as part of well-organized, systematic introductory programs Program requisites include a long-term vision, teamwork, positive attitudes, and adequate resources. This paper is designed to summarize standardized terminologies, benefits and challenges for nurse users, and educational strategies to introduce the terminologies to nurses successfully. The authors will describe the planning, implementation, and evaluation- maintenance strategies they used to introduce the Omaha System to diverse groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConsumer-Centered Computer-Supported Care for Healthy People - Proceedings of NI 2006
Subtitle of host publicationThe 9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics
PublisherIOS Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)158603622X, 9781586036225
StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
Event9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: Jun 9 2006Jun 21 2006

Publication series

NameStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
ISSN (Print)0926-9630
ISSN (Electronic)1879-8365


Other9th International Congress on Nursing Informatics, NI 2006
Country/TerritoryKorea, Republic of


  • Classification
  • Computerization
  • Documentation
  • Omaha System
  • Quality Improvement
  • Standardized Terminology


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