In every field the need for universally accepted language is of utmost necessity. This does not leave behind the very necessary and sensitive field of nursing. In regard to informatics development, enhancing good communication as well as developing leveled field in learning, research and administration, Calls for agreeable language. In integration of nursing to computer science to avail nursing informatics, the question as to whether terminology should be agreed upon or otherwise cannot be simply wished away.
Having an agreed upon terminologies in nursing have numerous advantages. First there is the sense of practice being universal and this can allow nurses from different areas to work as a team as in the cases of emergencies. The language to be used will be understood by different individuals even though they may come from different parts of the world as long as they can talk the same language. Secondly, in passing on the knowledge of this noble profession there is uniformity and receiving education of practice will not limit one ability to work in any area since these terminologies will be acceptable almost everywhere (Saba & McCormic, 2011). On another note the administration becomes easy as ambiguity is minimized when terminologies are being applied, this may even be in cases where administrators are addressing their assistants. Designing system application in this field, agreed terminology eases the difficulty which would otherwise limit the use of such applications across large geographical regions.
The basic and most likely disadvantage of this is that dynamism of the field may be tied to traditional agreed terminologies (Gartee & Beale, 2011). For example, it would be harder to pass new terms to all stakeholders over wide area and the fact that people will always develop their behavior which includes the wording they choose to use in relation to their context, of course geographical distance creates gaps and thus differences.
In conclusion when it comes to making a choice in regard to whether embrace a consensus-reached terminology in the field; it is wise to allow room for differences so as to allow accommodation of new ideas especially in this new dawn of computers and more, nursing informatics (Whittenburg, 2009).
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