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A nursing diagnosis is defined as a clinical judgment aboutindividual, family or community responses to actual or potentialhealth problems or life processes which provide the basis forselection of nursing interventions to achieve outcomes for whichthe nurse has accountability (NANDA-I, 2009). Accurate and validnursing diagnoses guide the selection of interventions that arelikely to produce the desired treatment effects and determinenurse-sensitive outcomes.

Nursing diagnoses are seen as key to the future ofevidence-based, professionally-led nursing care – and to moreeffectively meeting the need of patients. In an era of increasingelectronic patient health records, standardized nursingterminologies such as NANDA-I, NIC and NOC provide a means ofcollecting nursing data that are systematically analysed within andacross healthcare organizations and provide essential data forcost/benefit analysis and clinical audit.

Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions and Classification is thedefinitive guide to nursing diagnoses, as reviewed and approved byNANDA-I. Each nursing diagnosis undergoes a rigorous assessmentprocess by NANDA-I's Diagnosis Development Committee, withstringent criteria used to indicate the strength of the underlyinglevel of evidence.

Each diagnosis comprises a label or name for the diagnosis, adefinition, defining characteristics, risk factors and/or relatedfactors. Many diagnoses are further qualified by terms such as riskfor, effective, ineffective, impaired, imbalanced, self-caredeficit, readiness for, disturbed, decreased, etc.

The 2012-2014 edition is arranged by concept according toTaxonomy II domains, i.e. Health promotion, Nutrition, Eliminationand exchange, Activity/Rest, Perception/Cognition, Self-perception,Role relationships, Sexuality, Coping/ Stress tolerance, Lifeprinciples, Safety/protection, Comfort, and Growth/development.

The 2012-2014 edition contains revised chapters on NANDA-Itaxonomy, and slotting of diagnoses into NANDA & NNNtaxonomies, diagnostic reasoning & conceptual clarity, andsubmission of new/revised diagnoses. New chapters are provided onthe use of nursing diagnoses in education, clinical practice,electronic health records, nursing & health careadministration, and research . A companion website hosts relatedresources.

Key features

  • 2012-2014 edition arranged by diagnostic concepts
  • Core references and level of evidence for each diagnosis
  • New chapters on appropriate use of nursing diagnoses inclinical practice, education, administration and electronic healthrecord
  • 16 new diagnoses
  • 11 revised diagnoses
  • Aimed at students, educators, clinicians, nurse administratorsand informaticians
  • Companion website available, including a video on assessment,clinical reasoning and diagnosis

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