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NANDA International

The nursing classification NANDA International describes the nursing situation. The organization NANDA International (NANDA-I) aims to globally provide a standardized taxonomy based on nursing diagnoses. RECOM is the official license holder of NANDA-I for the German language region and translates the English original into German. As part of a consensus process of many nursing experts from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, the translation is validated for correctness, acceptance, and practicability.

NANDA-I and NANDA-I PLUS are available as database, for more information download our PDF flyer.

  • Database
  • Licensing
  • Consensus Meeting

Nursing Becomes Visible and Measurable

In today's increasingly networked and computerized workday optimizing workflows plays a significant role with regard to the ever scarcer time resources. Evidence of performed nursing quality under consideration of legal frameworks is essential. By using nursing classifications in electronic form, which are implemented in existing software, nursing interventions can be optimized. At the same time the workload for nurses decreases by using technically correct and professional formulation aids, so that there is more time left for the care of the individuals. A desirable "win-win situation" for all users of such electronic solutions which are favored by scientifically based, standardized formulations and text blocks. 

NANDA-I in Electronic Use - a Tool for Nursing Diagnoses

NANDA International in electronic form illustrates the usual NANDA-I structure, i.e. the nursing diagnoses sorted by domains (e.g. domain safety) including definitions and the defining characteristics and related factors or risk factors. The delivered database is hereby incorporated into the existing software such as Agfa Orbis or Siemens and can be easily integrated into everyday work. The taxonomy of NANDA-I provides the opportunity to collect nursing data for cost-benefit-analyses and clinical audits.


If you want to illustrate the entire nursing care process including nursing outcomes and interventions, there is the opportunity to extend the NANDA-I structure by these two components. Which means that to the nursing diagnosis, defining characteristics, and related factors of NANDA-I the nursing outcomes and interventions are linked.

If you are interested in this database solution of NANDA-I, or the version with the linkages, please contact us using the form on the right.

Read more on the nursing language ENP illustrating the entire nursing care process.

"The Card box of Modernity"

In general, the RECOM nursing databases provide the possibility to organize data. By providing scientifically based nursing knowledge, the nursing care is supported. Data are quickly and easily collected, edited, searched, categorized, as well as safely and reliably stored and thus documented.

> Working with Databases – Your Advantages

  • The nursing databases are integrated into the existing software environment of hospitals or elderly homes to be available for nursing staff at all times.
  • Support of nurses in their everyday work by constant availability of up-to-date nursing knowledge
  • The nursing databases provide the basis for education, planning, and evaluation of nursing care
  • A standardized language promotes clarity of communication among nurses
  • Creation of performance transparency to payers through the illustration of nursing performances in the treatment process
  • Generating nursing data to promote patient safety and nursing quality
  • The nursing databases enable to collect patient outcomes and provide data for case cost calculations
  • Support of educational process in nursing through the creation of detailed nursing care plans
  • Through the continuous, systematic further development of ENP and NANDA-I, there is a smooth transfer of current nursing knowledge into practice.
  • Nursing databases support users in their decision-making in everyday nursing work.

> Facts and Figures

  • More than 120 institutions already work with the nursing databases of RECOM, for example in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Luxembourg.
  • Transfer of requested database is available in CSV and MS SQL format
  • The nursing databases are integrated into the existing software environment of hospitals or elderly homes to be available for nursing staff at all times.
  • The RECOM nursing databases, for example, have been successfully implemented into the software systems of the vendors NEXUS, Agfa GW, Swing, Syseca, Polypoint, root-service ag and Systema.
  • Updates of the nursing databases are maintained by RECOM; complete updates are therefore available
  • Updates of the NANDA-I database will be provided every three years, in line with the German NANDA-I book publication of RECOM
  • The update of the ENP database will be provided annually
  • For questions and problems, RECOM offers comprehensive support by system experts

Standardized Nursing Diagnoses for Professional Care

Nursing diagnoses are key to evidence-based, professional nursing. They are an effective tool to meet the needs and demands of patients and to ensure patient safety. Especially in the age of electronic patient records standardized nursing diagnoses, such as the NANDA-I taxonomy, offer the opportunity to collect nursing data to be analyzed by healthcare providers and which can be used as data for cost-benefit ratio and clinical audits

NANDA-I Nursing Diagnoses as German book publication

The translation of the NANDA-I nursing diagnoses 2015–2017 by RECOM from the English original to German was accompanied by a team of experts. About 25 nursing experts from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have finally validated the translation and made numerous suggestions for the German edition with the aim to increase the acceptance of the language version and the practical use of the NANDA-I taxonomy in the German-speaking countries.

The development of NANDA-I nursing diagnoses is an ongoing process. Currently, a new revised edition is published every three years. RECOM translates the new edition as promptly as possible and also involves nursing experts from across the German-speaking countries.


Official Licensing of NANDA-I Nursing Diagnoses

RECOM is the official license holder for the German translation of the NANDA-I nursing diagnoses in the current version 2015-2017.

NANDA-I supports the use of the latest version and requests that this same version is cited in books and other publications. Also in everyday practice the latest version should be used.

As soon as a new edition is published, it replaces the older version.

For any use of the nursing diagnoses beyond the printed edition, the licensee must be asked whether and under which conditions a license must be purchased. NANDA-I uses the income from the licensing to promote the further development of the nursing classification.

Licensing for Software Vendors or End-Users

There are two different license models. On the one side for software vendors who want to integrate the NANDA-I contents in their product, on the other side for end-users such as hospitals or individual institutions. For inquiries please use the contact form.

NANDA Konsens-Meeting

Worldwide Unique Consensus Process>

The American nursing diagnosis association NANDA International is continuously working on the development of the classification. The publication Definitions and Classification is therefore published every three years in updated and edited form - including new and revised nursing diagnoses. The German translation has to be regularly adapted to the American original, technically correct, and accepted by the readers in all three German-speaking countries.

For this reason, RECOM has established a comprehensive consensus process since the last three editions of the NANDA-I nursing diagnoses. An expert group from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland validates the new translation for correctness and acceptance and meets afterwards to intensively discuss changes to the new German translation.

Such a consensus process for the translation of the NANDA-I nursing diagnoses is unique worldwide. The fact that the English edition is translated correctly and precisely, is one of the main concerns of RECOM and NANDA-I and is considered a model for other NANDA-I translations.

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