International nursing language news: ACENDIO

Oud, Nico

Austria. A special ACENDIO conference in Vienna, scheduled for 21 – 23 February, 2002, will focus on “a common language for nursing.” This is intended to be an international meeting on nursing classifications and standardization, and will reflect the current state of affairs. The following classifications will be presented:

1. NANDA (Marjory Gordon)

2. NIC (Gloria Bulechek)

3. NOC (Meridean Maas)

4. HHCC (Virginia Saba)

5. Omaha system (Karen Martin)

6. PLAISIR (Rolf Gennrich)

7. ICIDH-2/ICF (Rudolf Widmer)

8. VIPS (Margareta Ehnfors)

9. ICNP (Matthias Hinz and Frank Dorre)

10. IWP Jolande van Loon)

Anne Casey will present a paper on standardization and nursing terminology and William Goossen will explain why we need an International Minimum Data Set (INMDS). June Clark will summarize the first 2 days. On the third day there will be time to attend three workshops.

This conference offers a unique opportunity to become more familiar with some current relevant classifications for nursing practice. It will allow you to listen and talk to the developers and experts of the classifications and compare them to your own practice. This will be the first conference in Europe to present so many classifications in conjunction with presentations and workshops about nursing terminology standardization and the concept of an international minimum data set. The importance of this conference for Europe, and for Austria in particular, is that since the use of nursing diagnosis became law in Austria more than 10,000 copies of the book about the practice of nursing diagnoses, Praxis der Pflegediagnosen by Harald Stefan and Franz Allmer, have been sold during the last year. A new ICNP-user group has also started in Austria.

The Lord Mayor of Vienna will welcome all participants at city hall, and the conference will be held under the auspices of the Bundespresident of Austria, Dr. Markus Langer. We welcome you also to the charm of Vienna, its culture, its culinary delights, and to this unique conference. ACENDIO, Europe, and Vienna awaits you.

Slovenia. At the request of our Slovenian colleagues, Virginia Saba (HHCC), Karen Martin (Omaha system), and Nico Oud (ACENDIO) will present a workshop after the Vienna conference on nursing classifications for the home health care nursing colleagues at Maribor, Slovenia.

Belgium. Also at a special request of one of the national associations for home health care in Belgium, a special conference day was organized on September 20, 2001, in Brussels with the help of ACENDIO Conference Management. The Minister of Health of Vlaanderen had requested help to develop, within the next 2 years, a new kind of nomenclature and coding classification system for nursing. A system to make nursing more visible and transparent, for financing it, and making sure it will be cost-effective, safe for patients, lead to self-care and autonomy for patients, and deliver the best quality of care. The goal is also to link nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes, and to facilitate the development of nursing data for (national) healthcare information systems and in tune with the existing (international) classifications of other healthcare professions.

Nico Oud chaired the day and presented an overview of the current state of affairs. Gonda Stallinga (the Netherlands) presented the practical approach of implementing the ICIDH-2 (ICF) project at the Academic Hospital, Groningen. Alex Westbrook (UK) presented a practical approach to implementing NANDA diagnoses as a common nursing language and terminology at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in London. Celis Geradin (Belgium) and Annie Pascal (France) spoke on behalf of AFEDI about the use of the NANDA taxonomy in the French-speaking countries in Europe. June Clark (UK) discussed the use of the Omaha system in documenting community nursing care in South Wales; she emphasized that nursing activities never can be used properly as the only source for financing home health nursing care. Marie-Jeanne Ourth-Bresle of the National Federation of Nurses in France spoke about the development of the Dictionary for Nursing Care (Dictionnaire des Soins Infirmiers) as a coherent basis for the nomenclature of nursing activities in order to produce reliable data to the members of the care team. Unfortunately, Sue Moorhead (USA) was not able to make her presentation about the use of the NANDA/NIC/NOC and OASIS in home health nursing care in the USA. The last speaker was Alain Junger (Switzerland), on the methodology development of a nursing information system in Switzerland in which efficiency and transparency of the nursing process are connected with each other: The Nursing Data Project.

Switzerland. The Swiss Nursing Data Project (NDP) works on the two following preconditions: The information system planned must be unified at the Swiss level and compatible at an international level; and, so far as possible, it must be built on what exists and is already in use. It will extend to all fields of care and apply to all parts of the country. Moreover, it will be flexible and as complete as possible, in order to avoid repeated data collections. NDP data will be addressed initially to caregivers themselves by entitling them to make visible their substantial contribution to the Swiss health system by developing a recognized professional language. This is why the project is meant to integrate the primary caregivers as much as possible. The information system recommended by NDP data is meant to be used for a wide range of applications: nursing management and work planning, contracting for healthcare services, pricing for health and accident insurance, research into nursing practice, and nursing science. It is also meant to complete the existing health information system with a view to anchor essential data in a future decree or revision of the federal Law on Statistics in Switzerland.

NDP data will be realized within 5 years at the very reasonable cost of Sw.Fr. 1.2 million. This will be possible only with the help of the implied partners, who have agreed, beyond their financial commitments, to put their know how and infrastructure at the project’s disposal. The project is subdivided into seven subprojects, coordinated and supervised by a project management team, headed by Anne Berthou and collaborators of the Institute for Health and Economics in Lausanne (ISE) Switzerland.

For further information: nursingdata

ACENDIO. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the new board of directors of ACENDIO, which was elected during the general assembly in Berlin, March 2001, and via a postal vote in September:

President: William Goossen (The Netherlands)

Vice-President: Margareta Ehnfors (Sweden)

Secretary: Alex Westbrook (United Kingdom)

Treasurer: Marjorie Talbot (United Kingdom)

Board members: Fintan Sheerin (Ireland), Anne Berthou (Switzerland), Bojana Filej (Slovenia), Kaija Saranto (Finland)

PCN Representative: Myriam Ovalle (Spain)

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Compiled by Nico Oud, RN, N.Adm, MNSc Member, ACENDIO Publication Committee Amsterdam, the Netherlands

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