Standardized Nomenclatures: Keys to Continuity of Care, Nursing Accountability and Nursing Effectiveness

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Standardized nursing nomenclatures must be included in clinical documentation systems to generate data that more accurately represent nursing practice than outcomes-related measures currently used to support important policy decisions. NANDA, NIC, and NOC—comprehensive nomenclatures for the needed variables of nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes—are described. Added benefits of using NANDA, NIC, and NOC in everyday practice are outlined, including facilitation of the continuity of care of patients in integrated health systems.

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