Implementing a Clinical Terminology in Nursing Practice

SNOMED-CT is a clinical term that was originally introduced by the College of American Pathologists and is currently managed by an international organization that deals with health terminology standards. Generally, SNOMED-CT is a terminology that adds understandable meaning to electronic medical record and plays a major role in delivery of affordable, high-quality care through meaningful, effective depiction of medical information (“SNOMED CT — Adding Value,” 2014). Given its significance in the enhancing the delivery of affordable, high-quality health care services, it is increasingly important to develop a suitable strategic action plan for implementing SNOMED CT in nursing practice. The strategic action plan entails identifying the major stakeholders, suitable strategic actions or initiatives for each stakeholder, and developing an effective communication plan for implementing this clinical terminology. For this strategic action plan, the major stakeholders in the implementation process include healthcare professionals providing patient care, support staff interacting with patients, and the project manager. These stakeholders are important in the implementation process because of the various roles they play in the delivery of patient care, particularly with regards to the quality and affordability of care in nursing practice.

Healthcare professionals will play an important role in implementing the nursing terminology in nursing practice because they have a direct role in provision of patient care. In this process, these professionals will be mandated with the task of providing care to patients. As a result, they will act as clinical experts who interact with electronic health records with regards to patient information. Therefore, the main role of healthcare professionals in implementing this clinical terminology in nursing practice is providing patient care while interacting with electronic medical records in a meaningful way.

Similarly support staff in the healthcare setting will play a crucial role in implementing SNOMED-CT in the nursing setting. These stakeholders will be mandated with the task of providing technical assistance during the implementation process. Therefore their strategic actions will include improving implementation guides, offering easier access to the improved guidance, providing necessary training resources, and cooperating with other stakeholders to develop important implementation elements. In contrast, project managers will be mandated with the task of overall supervision of the implementation process. These stakeholders will be required to work with the others to ensure that the provision and use of every necessary resource in the implementation process.

The main goal of implementing this clinical terminology is to help in delivery of affordable,…