Honoring the Legacy of Virginia Saba Through Charting a Path Forward for Standardized Nursing Terminologies in Practice and Research

This Virtual Workshop organized by the Friends of the National Library of Medicine was held October 20 – 21, 2022.

About the video

The purpose of this event is to honor Dr. Virginia Saba’s contribution to Nursing Terminology, to honor the National Library of Medicine for their role in Terminology Harmonization, to look at the impact of Nursing Terminology on the Quality and Outcomes of Care in Acute Care and Population Health, and to consider the future needs of continued monitoring of terminology to track innovations in Disruptive Healthcare Environments of the Future.

This workshop will appeal to a broad audience of professional healthcare and nurses who practice, teach, conduct research, or study in the specialty of nursing informatics, nursing terminology, EHR in acute care and community settings: CNOs, CNIOs, professional organizations, government and private organizations as well as individuals engaged in HIE, IHE, HL7, FHIR, TEFCA, and/or USCDI. The audience is both national and international in scope.

After purchasing, we will send you a copy of the video to view.


Workshop generously sponsored by:

All times are Eastern time.

Day 1 – October 20, 2022

9:00-10:00 AM | Welcome

Glen Campbell, Chair, Friends of the National Library of Medicine
Video tribute to Dr. Virginia Saba
Barbara Redman, RN, PhD, MBE, President, Friends of the National Library of Medicine – Tribute to Virginia Saba and Introduction of Keynote Speaker

10:00- 10:30 AM | Keynote

NLM Role in Terminology Standards
Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine

10:30 AM- 12:00 PM | Update on the Standard Nursing Languages in Acute Care and Community Health

Moderator: Suzanne Bakken, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FIAHSI


William D. Roberts, PhD, RN, ANP, FAAN
Carme Espinosa i Fresnedo, MSc, BSN &
Heather Herdman, PhD
Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Karen A. Monsen, PhD, RN, FAMIA, FNAP, FAAN
Avaretta Davis, DNP, MS, MHS, RN-BC & LuAnn Whittenburg, PhD, RN, FNP, PMP, FAMIA, FHIMSS, FAAN

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Lunch Break

12:30 – 2:30 PM | International Panel on Use, Research and Education on SNTs

Moderator: Marisa L. Wilson DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FIAHSI, FAMIA, FAAN


Hyeoune-Ae Park – South Korea, China, Japan, Taiwan
Ulla-Mari Kinnunen, RN, PhD, FIAHSI – Finland
Marleen Versteeg & Chantal Zuizewind – The Netherlands
Lynn Nagle, PhD, RN, FAAN, FCAN – Canada
Heimar Marin – South America
Maria Mueller Staub, PhD, MNS, EdN, RN, FNI, FEANS – Switzerland
Ásta Thoroddsen, RN, PhD, FAAN – International Council of Nursing

2:30-3:15 PM | Identifying the Disruptive Healthcare Environments Challenging SNTs Moving Forward

Moderator: Mary Etta Mills, ScD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN


Gregory Alexander, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Rosemary Kennedy, PhD, RN, MBA, FAAN

3:15- 5:00 PM | Research on SNTs Quality, Outcomes and Economics

Moderator: Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI


Kenrick Cato, PhD, RN, CPHIMS, FAAN
Min Jeoung Kang PhD, RN
Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN
Karen A. Kehl, PhD, RN, FPCN
Kathy Bowles, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI
Melinda Jenkins, PhD, FNP

Day 2 – October 21, 2022

8:30 – 9:30 AM | A Case for Interoperability 

Moderator: Susan Hull, MSN, RN-BC, NEA-BC, FAMIA


Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN, FAMIA
Sarah DeSilvey, DNP, APRN-C
Mariann Yeager, MBA

9:30 -11:00 AM | Nursing Documentation Platforms focusing on Exemplars, Enablers, and Future of Nursing Documentation in the EHR for Nursing Terminologies

Moderator: Carol Bickford, PhD, RN-BC, CPHIMS, FAMIA, FHIMSS, FAAN


Cathy Turner, RN-BC, MBA
Emily Barey, RN, MSN
Liz Harvey, RN, MSN
Julie Luengas, DNP, RN-BC, MBA, FHIMSS
Nicole Sowers, MBA

11:00 AM- 12:00 PM | A Case for SDOH in Standardized Nursing Terminologies

Moderator: Rebecca Freeman, PhD, RN, PHP


Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, DC, RN-BC, FAMIA, FNAP
Jane Englebright, PhD, RN, FAAN
Karen Dunn Lopez, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN

12:00 – 12:30 PM | Break

12:30 – 1:30 PM | Role of the National Library of Medicine in SNT Tool Repository Now and in the Future

Moderator: Laura Heermann Langford, PhD, RN


Christine Spisla, DNP, RN-USA
Cyndalynn Tilley, MS, BSN, RN-BC
Shanise Shepherd, MPA
Jean Moody-Williams RN, MPP

1:30 PM | Summary

Connie Delaney, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FNAP

2:00 PM | Adjourn