European Nursing care Pathways

Since 1989 the nursing language has been developed from the need for appropriate practical and intersectoral communication tools to describe the nursing care process. ENP is aimed at all areas in which care is performed: meanwhile, facilities of inpatient hospital care, rehabilitation, psychiatry, short-term care, residential care, and outpatient care work with ENP, and in many European countries. ENP is used in EU countries by more than 50,000 users.

  • Scientific Background
  • Information Material
  • Nursing Plan Software

Scientific Background

The nursing classification ENP (European Nursing care Pathways) has been developed to illustrate the nursing care process within the context of the nursing documentation in standardised language. The major targets of adopting the standardised nursing language ENP as an instrument refer to improving the communication of healthcare professionals with one another, supporting process flows such as the transfer from one institution to another, the performance transparency of nursing.

The structure of ENP supports nurses in their decision-making within the framework of the nursing care process by presenting up-to-date nursing knowledge. Furthermore, data will be generated through the use of standardised formulations for nursing documentation which can be used for hypothesis formation/examination within the context of nursing research and control procedures of nursing management as well as risk management.

ENP is available as print version as well as database or implemented in software products. Due to the availabiltiy of the taxonomy in different languages (English, German, French, and Italian) within one database ENP can also be used in a multilingual team.

Scientific Background ENP

The current state of the scientific backgrounds on the European Nursing care Pathways, Version 2.9 (2014).
Learn more about the latest developments of the nursing classification.

Scientific Background
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Information Material

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Utilization of nursing classification systems for the depiction of the nursing process in electronic health records

Here you can find the presentations by our scientists at the 10th Biennal ACENDIO Conference of the Association for Common European Nursing Diagnoses Interventions and Outcomes in Bern from 16-18 April 2015.

Overview of the presentation

Aims of utilization nursing process data in electronic health/patient records
Monika Linhart, RN, PhD

Which granulation of nursing classification systems is needed to enable nursing documentation in electronic patient records?
Pia Wieteck, RN, PhD

European Nursing care Pathways, Giving Nursing a Language
Sebastian Kraus M.Sc.

Acendio Presentation
Format: PDF | Size: 2,3 MB

ENP Presentations

Here you can find the presentations by our scientists at the 25th International Nursing Research Congress" of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International from 24 to 28 July 2014 in Hong Kong.

Presentation P. Wieteck
Format: PDF | Size: 3 MB

Presentation M. Linhart
Format: PDF | Size: 781 KB

Presentation S. Kraus
Format: PDF | Size: 875 KB

Case studies illustrated with various nursing classification

These two case studies are illustrated with the different nursing classifications ENP, NANDA-I, ICNP, and ICF.

Case study - Patient in child bed
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Case study - Resident with senile dementia
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ENP Flyer

This brief description gives you a quick overview of the nursing classification European Nursing care Pathways,
version 2.9 (2014).

ENP Flyer
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Nursing plan software

The ENP Trainer supports trainees and practitioners in learning to create a professional nursing care plan. With this educational software you can easily create your own nursing care plan for your patient using the nursing classification ENP. From a list of selected 112 practice guidelines (out of a total of 552) you can select the appropriate nursing diagnosis with characteristics, etiologies, and resources with the corresponding possible outcomes and interventions. You can also use the intelligent keyword search to find the right nursing diagnosis. After you have created your nursing care plan, your can view it as a whole, make changes and print it. See also the ENP Trainer Manual for more information.

Nursing plan software

The selection of 112 ENP practice guidelines in this software are the result of a data analysis of six aged care facilities. A total of 1,262 residents’ electronic records were examined to determine which nursing diagnoses were selected for illustrating the nursing care process of residents. All nursing diagnoses which were coded at least 20 times (2 %) in the data set are published in this software out of a total of 552 ENP practice guidelines.

ENP-Trainer for free
Format: ZIP | Size: 15 MB

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