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NANDA International records

Collection MS-1998-006: NANDA International records


  • Creation: 1973 - 2008

Scope and Contents

These records document the work of NANDA International to develop, classify, and promote nursing diagnoses through their biennial conferences and ongoing committee work. Materials include board and committee meeting minutes, conference planning documents and small group diagnoses work, correspondence, event recordings, financial records, newsletters, printed materials, reports, and strategic plans.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Recordings and digital content have been digitally copied from source media; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Historical Note

In 1973 Kristine M. Gebbie and Mary Ann Lavin convened the First National Conference on Nursing Diagnoses, which led to the establishment of the Task Force of the National Conference Group on the Classification of Nursing Diagnoses, later known as North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) and then NANDA International (NANDA). Boston College faculty member Marjory Gordon chaired the Task Force and served in that role until she became the first elected president of NANDA in 1982.

The Task Force managed a biennial conference supported by the Clearinghouse for Nursing Diagnoses at St. Louis University. The Clearinghouse published the Nursing Diagnosis newsletter, coordinated conference planning, and served as a depository and distribution center for bibliographies in each diagnostic category. Through conference work, the Task Force developed a controlled vocabulary and taxonomy of diagnoses approved by a vote of attendees. The conferences also provided a platform for sharing nursing diagnosis scholarship. The Task Force published conference proceedings beginning from the first conference (1974). The approved diagnoses from each conference were released as alphabetical listings within the conference proceedings.

The Task Force included several standing committees (e.g. Diagnosis Review, Membership, Program) as well as ad-hoc groups. In 1977 the Nurse Theorist Group, facilitated by Callista Roy, was added to the standing committees. The group produced a theoretical framework that was the basis for the work of the later Taxonomy Committee, created in 1982.

In 1982, the Task Force became the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA), a nonprofit organization with membership from the United States and Canada. NANDA continued the practice of biennial conferences, with final diagnoses now approved by a vote of the full membership, and published conference proceedings. Administrative oversight for NANDA was provided by a board of directors (all elected officers) and an executive director, initially a part-time position, who managed administrative and fiscal responsibilities.

NANDA published its first taxonomy of nursing diagnoses, Taxonomy I, in 1987. In 1990 the Nursing Diagnosis newsletter was replaced by a professional journal of the same name. Beginning in about 1992 NANDA also published diagnoses with definitions as NANDA Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions and Classification, re-released biennially.

The American Nurses Association (ANA) and NANDA collaborated extensively in the 1980s on diagnosis classification through ANA’s Steering Committee on the Classification of Nursing Practice Phenomena and the Nursing Organization Liaison Forum. NANDA also contributed to the World Health Organization's International Classification of Diseases (ICD). In 1997 NANDA began joint meetings with Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and National Outcome Classification (NOC), presenting joint conferences in 2002-2004.

After two decades of increasing activity in publishing and collaboration, NANDA rebranded itself in 2002 as NANDA International (NANDA-I) to better reflect their growing global scope.


Board meetings and minutes, box 8, folders 2-21, NANDA International records, MS.1998.006, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

NANDA historical timeline, box 10, folder 14, NANDA International records, MS.1998.006, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

"Introduction to Classification of Nursing Diagnoses." NANDA Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions and Classification. St. Louis, MO: NANDA, 1992.

Timeline of presidents and executive directors represented in the records


Marjory Gordon (Chair 1973-1982), 1982-1988

Jane Lancour, 1988-1993

Lois Hoskins, 1993-1996

Judith Warren,1996-1998

Dorothy A. Jones, 1998-2000

Kay Coalson Avant, 2000-2002

Mary Ann Lavin, 2002-2004

Martha Craft-Rosenberg, 2004-2006

Executive directors:

Karen Murphy, 1983 or 1984-1986

Debbi Folkerts, 1986-1993

Joseph Braden (employed by Nursecom, Inc.), 1994-unknown

Joe Mason (NANDA services coordinator), 1998, unknown


21.5 Linear Feet (22 containers)

200 Gigabytes (262 files with approximately 104 hours of audio and moving images plus digital documents)

Language of Materials



These records document the work of the Task Force of the National Conference Group on the Classification of Nursing Diagnoses, subsequently North American Nursing Diagnosis Association (NANDA) and then NANDA International (NANDA-I). This organization develops controlled nomenclature of nursing diagnoses through biennial conferences and standing committees. Records comprise conference materials, the Nursing Diagnosis newsletter, and files of the presidents and executive directors, including founding chair of the Task Force and first president of NANDA, Marjory Gordon.


Arranged in three series: I. Conferences, II. Nursing Diagnosis newsletter, and III. Executive records.


Gifts of NANDA International between 1998 and 2011; Dorothy A. Jones in between 2007-2018; and Marjory Gordon/Estate of Majory Gordon between 2004-2021.

Related Materials

Nurses and nursing:

Madeleine Clémence Vaillot papers, MS.1989.011, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Margaret A. Colliton papers, MS.1990.010, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Josephine A. Dolan collection of nursing history, MS.1988.004, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Marjory Gordon papers, MS.2004.066, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Cynthia E. Northrop papers, MS.1998.002, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Nursing associations:

The American Association of Nurse Attorneys records, MS.1997.018, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Massachusetts Conference Group for the Classification of Nursing Diagnosis records, MS.2004.021, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Visiting Nurse Association of Boston records, MS.1989.006, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Nursing schools:

New England Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing records, MS.1989.008, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing collection, MS.2000.018B, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Separated Materials

Published works associated with this collection have been transferred within the Burns Library and can be found in the Boston College Library catalog.

NANDA International Records
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
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