A language for nursing

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Abstract

Nursing has no common language to describe precisely what nurses do, for what sort of problems or patient conditions, and with what results.Without a language to express our concepts we cannot know whether our understanding of their meaning is the same, so we cannot communicate them with any certainty to other people. This article discusses projects in the USA and the UK that are attempting to standardise nursing language, in particular the International Classification for Nursing Practice.

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