The Standardized Language of the nursing practice (SNL) is an effective communication process that delimits professional nursing practice (Rutherford, 2008). The standardized language made contributions for the current care to another nurses, health care providers, and others members of the multidisciplinary health care team (Rutherford, 2008). This language was standardized with a purpose of the nursing documentation to straight the nursing care (Rutherford, 2008). According to the American Nurses Association (ANA) (2008), has been accepted thirteen standardized languages that support nursing practice.
The contributions of the SNL are better communication among nurses and other health care professionals, amplified the visibility of nursing interventions, advance patient care, and simplified assessment of nursing competency (Rutherford, 2008). The first point is how the Standardized Nursing Language (SNL) improve the communication between nurses, health care professionals and others members of health care facilities (Rutherford, 2008). In 1893, physicians realized the importance and the value of the standardized language (Rutherford, 2008).
This recognition increase when the physician realizes how the standardization improved the communication between health care professionals (Rutherford, 2008). With the beginning of the standardization system, medical diagnosis developed many classification and codification diseases to have evidence in the medical practice (Rutherford, 2008). An example of this classification system is DMS-IV for mental disorders diagnosis (Rutherford, 2008). This standardization helps the multidisciplinary team understand the patient’s diagnosis (Rutherford, 2008).
In 1973, The American Nurse Association introduce the standardized language and for the years to come has been developed different nursing communication systems as Nursing Interventions (NIC), Nursing Outcomes (NOC). The use of standardized nursing languages enhance communication care not only nationally, but internationally (Rutherford, 2008). This is very important because the help and the care will be the same at any place in the world. This help every nurse to know what an effective care is. The second point is the increment visibility of the nurses’ interventions (Rutherford, 2008).
The standardization language era helps the nurse to express as a documentation what they do for patients in the same language (Rutherford, 2008). Before this standardized language nursing handing down patient information by word of mouth or by written in a paper (Rutherford, 2008). This mean that every nurse has their own communication to express their interventions and their patients’ outcomes (Rutherford, 2008). The oral communication between nurses was known as informal notes that remain their work unseen.
According to Rutherford (2008), Pearson anticipated the use of computerized nursing documentation system located close to the patient, will lead to a consistent documentation and will remain the nurses’ work visible. This computerized, standardized language will improve the patient care permitting to the nurses identify the patients’ diagnosis (NANDA-I), intervention (NIC) and outcome (NOC) that will enhance the patient health at any place around the world (Rutherford, 2008). This standardized language is teaching for nurses’ students that help increase their competency (Rutherford, 2008).
The nursing intervention highlighted in standardized nursing language to assess nurse competency in the performance of these interventions. The competency performance by nurses is always anticipated from society (Rutherford, 2008). This competency is teaching since the nurse enters in the school of nurses, and propose by different health organization as; American Nurse Association, and The Joint Commission for Accreditation of health care organization (Redman, 1999). This competency measure what the nurse do not what the nurse know (Redman, 1999).
According to the American Nurse Association (ANA) (1999), competency assessment is always outcome oriented. This mean that knowledge and skill of the nurse perform together to be effective in the practice setting (Redman, 1999). The curriculum for the teaching based on nurse competency was redesign to be accessible by all who seek a degree program (Redman, 1999). The curriculum teaches in “real world” by evidence-based practice (Redman, 1999). The curriculum goal offers an essential education to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the nursing practice (Redman, 1999).
All this teach based on evidence minimize the legal issues and increase the competency to enhance the patient outcome (Redman, 1999). The Standardized Nursing Language (SNL) is was created to reach and meet the patient outcomes, and to improve communication between health care professionals (Redman, 1999). When this standardized language was aggregated as computerize system, patient care was uncovered and best nursing practices care was visible to others to appreciate the value of the nursing care (Redman, 1999).
The SNL have linkages with others nursing languages (NANDA) and has been translated into many foreign languages to communicate nurses from all over the world to improve the care (Redman, 1999). But the special of the Standardized Nursing Languages is that has shown the value of nursing to others, increased the visibility of the nursing interventions, improved the patient care, and simplified assessment of nursing competency (Redman, 1999).