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How has COVID-19 Influenced Nursing Diagnoses?

November 16, 2022

While attending a meeting in Brazil, our CEO was asked this very pertinent question by an undergraduate student: How has COVID-19 influenced nursing diagnoses? Special thanks to Francine Zentil Boaro, nursing student from the Federal University of São Carlos, for posing this interesting question!

While we will never have a COVID-19 diagnosis within a nursing classification, this question does bring up interesting topics. How can NANDA-I respond to issues from a community or public health perspective? 

Looking back, it appears that we could have community diagnoses that look at issues such as “readiness for enhanced community response to a crisis or pandemic.” While these terms do not yet exist, it’s certainly a topic worth exploring. 

To expand on this thought exercise, how does NANDA-I respond to climate change or infectious disease outbreaks? How can our work address community responses that affect nurses’ daily work? 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic, so please email with your feedback