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ERIC Number: ED539226
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
Nursing Minimum Data Set for School Nursing Practice. Position Statement. Revised
Denehy, Janice
National Association of School Nurses (NJ1)
It is the position of the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to support the collection of essential nursing data as listed in the Nursing Minimum Data Set (NMDS). The NMDS provides a basic structure to identify the data needed to delineate nursing care delivered to clients as well as relevant characteristics of those clients. Structure and standardization of data is essential for the efficient utilization of Electronic Health Records (EHRs) so that health information is meaningful and can be shared electronically or exchanged across settings and with different health care providers. With the current emphasis on meaningful use of health data contained in EHRs, registered professional school nurses (hereinafter referred to as school nurse) need to be aware of the importance of including school health data in EHRs to participate in the electronic exchange of useful health information with other health care providers to insure continuity and quality of care (Johnson & Bergren, 2011). To accomplish this, EHRs require standardized, meaningful data integrating data sets such as the NMDS. Ongoing evaluation will be needed to determine the usefulness of the NMDS and its ability to capture the data needed to validate the contributions of school nursing services to the health care system or if additional data elements are needed to establish a data set unique to school nursing. [For the complete report, "Position Statements, Issue Briefs, Resolutions and Consensus Statements. Revised," see ED539227.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of School Nurses