Impact of an Educational Program on the Use of Standardized Nursing Languages for Nursing Documentation Among Public Health Nurses in Nigeria


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To measure the effect of an educational package on documentation of care among public health nurses (PHNs).


A quasi-experimental design was adopted. Forty PHNs working in primary healthcare settings were selected. Education was given through a 5-day workshop. Documentation of care was assessed using a modified “Muller-Staub Q-DIO instrument.” Data were analyzed using t test third and twelfth months postintervention.


There was a significant improvement on documentation of care at p = .0001.


Educating PHNs and providing them with standardized nursing care plans enhance documentation of care.

Implication to Practice

A combination of education on the use of standardized nursing languages and standardized nursing care plans can enhance documentation of care. There is a need for more research on the use of standardized nursing languages in developing nations.