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NANDA (formerly the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association) is a professional organization of nurses to standardize nursing terminology that was founded in 1982 and develops and refines the nomenclature, criteria, and taxonomy of nursing diagnoses. In 2002, NANDA relaunched as NANDA International in response to the broadening scope of their membership. NANDA International published Nursing Diagnosis quarterly, which became the International Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications in 2002.


In 1973 the First National Conference on the Classification of Nursing Diagnoses was held in St. Louis, Missouri which created the National Conference Group, a task force to standardize nursing terminology. In 1982 NANDA was formed including members from the United States and Canada.

NANDA developed a Medical classification to organize nursing diagnoses into different categories. Although the taxonomy was revised to accommodate new diagnoses, in 1994 it became apparent that an overhaul was needed. In 2002 Taxonomy II, which was a revised version of Gordon's functional health patterns, was released.

In 2002, NANDA became NANDA International to increase their global appeal.

Taxonomy IIEdit

The current structure of NANDAs nursing diagnoses is referred to as Taxonomy II and has three levels: 13 domains, 47 classes, and 172 diagnoses.


  • 1982-1988 Dr. Marjory Gordon
  • 1988-1993 Jane Lancour
  • 1993-1996 Dr. Lois Hoskins
  • 1996-1998 Dr. Judith Warren
  • 1998-2000 Dr. Dorothy A. Jones
  • 2000-2002 Kay Avant
  • 2002-2004 Mary Ann Lavin
  • 2004- Martha Craft-Rosenberg

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