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Release: June 12, 2002

UI College of Nursing announces fellows appointments

The Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Iowa College of Nursing has established a fellows program to recognize individuals who contribute significantly to the center's goals.

Some 34 individuals have been named fellows for their advancement of the center's work, which is to develop and implement standardized nursing language. The languages, Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC), are consistent ways of describing what nurses do -- known as nursing interventions -- and the results, or patient outcomes. Developed and tested through research at the center, the languages are continually updated and are now being taught to nurses in many health care settings.

When nurses use the uniform languages to describe their work, the benefits are many. An immediate advantage is that nurses can describe to other caregivers what actions have been taken with a patient's care.

Beyond the individual bedside, a long-term and far-reaching benefit of standardizing nursing language is that it provides the groundwork for researchers to analyze interventions and outcomes across health care settings. If each time a nurse provides care to a patient the care is described and recorded electronically using the appropriate NIC intervention and its corresponding code, trends in care begin to emerge over time and across health care settings. Similarly, when describing the results of nursing care using the appropriate NOC outcome, trends in patient outcomes emerge.

With NIC/NOC, researchers can analyze the trends to see which interventions result in certain outcomes and can advise nurses on using interventions that have the best outcomes for patients. Nurses will make decisions based on proven knowledge of what works best, rather than theories and past practices that haven't been put through the rigors of scientific investigation. Implementing the standardized languages of NIC and NOC is an initial step toward evidence-based practice becoming the norm for nursing care and one of the many ways the quality of patient care can be enhanced through nursing research.

"The service of the individuals who have been named fellows is invaluable," said Joanne Dochterman, Ph.D., UI Distinguished Professor of Nursing and director of the center. "They participate in all aspects of the center, including reviewing new interventions, conference planning, grant writing, and editing scholarly work. All of these contributions have significantly advanced our ability to implement standardized nursing language, which ultimately will improve patient care in all health care settings."

The UI College of Nursing is part of the UI health sciences campus and provides nursing education at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. The college provides clinical experience and research opportunities that enhance the educational experience. Students graduate prepared to respond to the needs of the public and the general health and well being of the communities they serve.

Following is the list of fellows:

Mary Ann Anderson, associate professor of nursing, University of Illinois
Ida Androwich, professor, Loyola University
Terri Boese, lecturer in the UI College of Nursing
Veronica Brighton, lecturer in the UI College of Nursing
Gloria Bulechek, UI professor of nursing
Perle Slavik-Cowen, UI associate professor of nursing
Sister Ruth Cox, president and CEO, Alverno Health Care Facility, Clinton, Iowa
Martha Craft-Rosenberg, UI professor of nursing
Jeanette Daly, research assistant in the UI Department of Family Medicine
Connie Delaney, UI professor of nursing
Janice Denehy, UI associate professor of nursing
Joanne Dochterman, UI Distinguished Professor of Nursing
Gloria Dorr, advance practice nurse in informatics, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Teresa Gibbs, advance practice nurse in informatics, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Barbara Head, assistant professor of nursing, University of Nebraska
Larry Hertel, president and founder, Professional Home Health Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Marion Johnson, UI professor emeritus of nursing
Gail Keenan, assistant professor of nursing, University of Michigan
Vicki Kraus, advanced nurse practitioner, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Meridean Maas, UI professor of nursing
Eleanor McClelland, UI associate professor of nursing
Sue Moorhead, UI associate professor of nursing
Aleta Porcella, clinical nurse specialist in informatics, UI Hospitals and Clinics
David Reed, assistant research scientist in the UI College of Nursing
Cindy Scherb, patient care documentation coordinator, Immanuel St. Joseph's Mayo Health System, Mankato, Minn.
Janet Specht, UI associate professor of nursing
Elizabeth Swanson, UI associate professor of nursing
Joanne Tigges, alumna of the UI College of Nursing
Marita Titler, senior associate director of nursing and director of nursing research, quality and outcomes management, UI Hospitals and Clinics
Toni Tripp-Reimer, UI professor of nursing
Bonnie Wakefield, associate chief, nursing research, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa
Pamela Willard, UI clinical assistant professor of nursing
Janet Williams, UI professor of nursing
Marilyn Willits, standards nurse specialist, Genesis Health Care, Davenport, Iowa