Boards’ Message December 2023

Dear ACENDIO members and colleagues

Another year draws to a close. A year in which we were able to experience many wonderful things.

Conferences and Workshops

We have fond memories of the ACENDIO conference in Rome, with impressive individual contributions, plenary discussions, and many great encounters. To refresh your memories, take a look at our homepage – the proceedings, the image gallery. This gives you confidence for everything that is to come.

We are very much looking forward to the upcoming ACENDIO workshop on April 25, 2024, in Oslo, which will be held as a hybrid event. It is a special pleasure to have two renowned scholars as keynote speakers – Ms. Marte Rime Bø from the Norwegian Directorate for E-Health and Prof. Howard Butcher from Florida Atlantic University, USA. We look forward to welcoming you in person or online, to discussing and exchanging ideas with you and the two speakers. The detailed program including travel options is attached, registration is possible from January 1, 2024, via homepage. In case of online participation, you will receive the links to the individual program items before the workshop.

Then we would like to announce the ACENDIO Grant 2024, which will be awarded for pilot projects to promote the visibility of nursing of small teams of international researchers. A question and answer session will take place on January 16th, 2024 at 5pm CET to support interested members with the submission. You do not need to register and can participate via this LINK. Please note the deadline for application is March 15th 2024.

In 2025, please also make a note of the period from March 27 to 29 for the next ACENDIO Conference. This is hosted by the University of Applied Sciences in Rotterdam with the title “eHealth, Artificial Intelligence and Nursing: Towards precision nursing in research, education, and practice”.

European Health Data Space Act

We would also like to address you with an urgent request. As you know, the digital exchange of data within and between health and social care institutions is becoming increasingly important. In the near future, European legislation, in particular the European Health Data Space Act (EHDSA) will require the mandatory use of the medical nomenclature SNOMED CT, with which the terms and concepts of the various Standardized Nursing Languages (SNLs) used must be mapped. We have been informed by various organizations (including the Centre for Nursing Classifications and Clinical Effectiveness at the University of Iowa, NANDA International, the Dutch Nursing Association Stichting) that the international SNOMED CT group is taking a hesitant stance on this issue because it sees no need and is not receiving any requests for these updates from the national release centers. Therefore, the ACENDIO Board is reaching out directly to SNOMED CT International to push for the mapping of the terminology of the new editions of the ANA (2015; 2018) recognized SNLs with the corresponding SNOMED CT concepts. These include, among others the NANDA-I Nursing Diagnoses Classification, the Omaha System, the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®). This is also required by the American Nursing Informatics Association (ANIA, 2018). In addition, it is necessary for representatives of each nation to contact their SNOMED CT National Release Center to request that all SNOMED CT terms already mapped to SNLs in the international context be translated into the local language. Once this content is translated, the SNOMED CT codes can be mapped to the national language concepts of the SNLs and are then suitable for use in EHR systems. We thank you for your commitment and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

EHDSA will be subject for one of the parallel workshops in Oslo.

Happy Holidays to All

It remains for us to wish you all a wonderful Advent and to enjoy the Advent spirit that is spreading. The first snow has fallen in many places and the smell of cookies is in the air.

We wish you, your families and team colleagues a Merry Christmas and hope to see you again in 2024.



ACENDIO Board members

Claudia Leoni-Scheiber, Valentina Zeffiro, Helen de Graaf-Waar, Bente Christensen, Mikko Härkönen, Maja Klančnik Gruden, and Karen Dunn Lopez



American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors (March 19, 2015). Position Statement: Inclusion of Recognized Terminologies Supporting Nursing Practice within Electronic Health Records and Other Health Information Technology Solutions.

American Nurses Association (ANA) Board of Directors (April 19, 2018). Revised Position statement: Inclusion of recognized terminologies supporting nursing practice within electronic health records and other health information technology solutions.

Matney, S. A., & Settergren, T. (June 28, 2018). Inclusion of Interprofessional Terminology Standards in Electronic Health Records. Position Statement of the American Nursing Informatics Association Board of Directors.

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