Knowledge and Use of Standardized Nursing Languages: A Study among Nurses at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State, Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJNR.2015.03.02.Art004

Authors : Abiodun-Sanni Falilat Iyabode


The Standardized Nursing Languages (SNLs) is a new innovation in nursing which is aimed at improving the standard of nursing practice and the professionalism of Nursing. This study was carried out to know the level of knowledge and utilization of Standardized Nursing languages among nurses at the Federal Medical centre Owo. It was aimed at identifying nurses familiarity with the Language, their level of knowledge, use in patient care and also to identify the possible barriers that might prevent the use of the Language in Practice. The use of SNLs is still not gaining popularity among nurses in this tertiary institution, despite its formal introduction to Nigeria since 2010, hence the need for this research work.

A descriptive/correlational design was employed using a self-structured questionnaire. A sample size of 250 nurses was targeted and sampled using a non-probability technique. The data was entered using the SPSS software and analysis done using tables of frequency and percentage, mean and standard deviation, chi test, Pearson correlation where necessary.

Result showed that nurses have a poor knowledge of SNLs. They are mostly familiar with NANDA. The major method of documentation was paper as they have no computer system in their unit. 54% of respondents use SNLs at work most of which are not correct based on the responses given. Correlation showed that there is no significant difference between years of experience, qualification of nurses and their knowledge of SNLs. (p>0.05). The major challenges identified by the respondents include poor knowledge of the language, lack of basic amenities, poor policy, inefficient continuous education, shortage of manpower.

High quality nursing documentation promotes effective communication in the healthcare team, which facilitates continuity and individuality of care. The use of SNLs promotes quality nursing documentation and enhances the visibility of the contribution of nursing to patient care.

Keywords: Standardized Nursing Languages, Knowledge, Practice, NANDA-I, NIC, NOC.


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