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College of Nursing Faculty Bring Standardized Nursing Language to Nigeria

This spring, two faculty members from the College of Nursing travelled nearly 6,500 miles to Nigeria to share their work on nursing education and curriculum development. Howard Butcher, PhD, RN, associate professor, and Sue Moorhead, PhD, RN, FAAN, associate professor and director of the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness (CNC) were invited to speak at the 3rd Biennial NANDA International African Network Conference. The University of Ibadan Department of Nursing co-sponsored the event.

NANDA’s mission is to facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of standardized nursing diagnostic terminology. Drs. Butcher and Moorhead presented their work on Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) to more than 170 nurses.

NIC and NOC are standardized nursing terminologies focused on nursing treatments and patient outcomes for use across settings and specialties. CNC, an Iowa Board of Regents-approved center, was established in 1995 to facilitate the ongoing research and development of NIC and NOC.

 “Our presentations and involvement in the conference were well received as Nigeria moves to become a leader in the use of NANDA-I, NIC and NOC (NNN) in Africa,” explained Moorhead.

Dr. Adenike Olaogun, president of the NANDA-I African Network and Dr. Prisca Olabisi Adejumo, the chairperson of the local organizing committee sponsored Drs. Butcher and Moorhead. Drs. Olaogun and Olabisi Adejumo had been visiting professors at the University of Iowa and have contributed to the NIC and NOC classifications.

Dr. Moorhead enjoyed the conference and culture in Nigeria, “While I was there a local seamstress made me a traditional African dress and head gear for the last day of the conference. It was a very beautiful top and skirt in my favorite colors: black, gold and red!”

 Sue Moorhead and Howard Butcher with other guests   Guests

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Aug 18th, 2014