The marketing of nursing jargon
Canadian Nursing Association
“Several weeks ago I was doing some research for a class I will be teach ing my student nurses, research that involved the development of nursing theories. As 1 read through the literature, one of my personal annoyances about the nursing profession began to surface and I was motivated to comment. The particular sentence that inf1amed my rage was, "The range of specificity of the theoretical formulations within nursing science varies greatly."I Roughly translated, this probably means "some nursing theories are more specific than others." Why, then, did the author not say that? In its simplest form, the problem consists of verbal diarrhea. More serious is the use of makeshift words, up to and including the development of an entire vocabulary that is totally incomprehensible to anyone outside the nursing profession.” — Excerpt from introduction.
Nursing communication , Professional language
Houlihan, Patricia J. "The marketing of nursing jargon," Canadian Nurse, 82 (February, 1986), 21-22.