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NANDA-I / Boston College 2021 Conference Plans in Full Bloom

May 10, 2021

The NANDA-I Board in collaboration with the Boston College Marjory Gordon Program for Clinical Reasoning and Knowledge Development is preparing to launch an exciting conference on June 16-17, 2021. The theme for this year’s conference is “More Than a Language: Nursing Diagnosis Communicating Health and the Human Experience”. While the conference will be virtual, the meeting remains the preeminent opportunity for a global discourse about the development and implementation of nursing diagnosis. Many abstract presenters scheduled for last year’s conference will be available to discuss their work.

The details of the program will address some of the key challenges facing nurses in today’s health care environment. While nurses remain true to the mission of caring for the whole human being, it is clear that nursing’s contributions to care outcomes remain unclear, compromising nursing’s current impact and future contributions to care delivery. This year’s Conference considers nursing diagnosis as more than a language and encourages a broader look at the opportunities for nursing to increase its visibility by effectively communicating nursing knowledge and using standardized language in practice, education, research, and policymaking.    

President Carme Espinosa will open the conference with a presentation of the Strategic Vision for NANDA International and the related plans to integrate and disseminate the organization’s work. Participants will meet a newly elected Board of Directors and hear about the organization’s advances in nursing diagnosis, education, practice and research.

The first day of the conference will also feature a keynote address by Dr. Peggy Chinn, Professor Emerita of Nursing at the University of Connecticut and the founding Editor of Advances in Nursing Science. As a co-founder of, Dr. Chinn’s current work provides a voice reiterating the value of nursing knowledge (theory) in practice. In her address, The Challenge of Naming the Human Experience, Dr. Chinn will reflect on some of NANDA’s early theorist work and its meaning in today’s diverse and global health care environment.

On Day 2, Dr. Connie Delaney, Dean of the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, will provide a keynote address entitled, “Advancing NANDA-I’s Language through Integration into Current Data Platforms”.  Dr. Delaney is widely respected for her pioneering work in nursing informatics as this presentation is very central to the conference theme and the organization’s future work. A panel of presenters will follow to address the opportunities for “Generating a Global Nursing Data Base for Research and the Electronic Medical Record”.

Many of the organization’s traditional activities are also planned over the course of this 2-day conference including an induction for new fellows, an awards presentation, and a business meeting. Time for networking focused on special interests will be available.  Updated information will be available at www. and

By: Laura Rossi, President-Elect, NANDA-International