2023 NANDA-I leadership Candidates 

See the candidates for NANDA-I leadership roles for the time period 2023 – 2027.

Candidates for President-Elect

Dr. Fabio D’Agostino

Dr. Fabio D’Agostino, Ph.D., RN, has been an Associate Professor at St. Camillus International University of Health and Medical Sciences in Rome, Italy, since 2021. He has a Ph.D. in nursing science and considerable experience in research, practice, and teaching. His clinical background is in cardiology and emergency from 2005-2013. His expertise in nursing diagnosis was acquired through practice and extensive research, as highlighted in various publications. He is interested in interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnerships.

He has been a NANDA-I member since 2014. From 2019 to 2020, he served as NANDA-I Co-Director of Research, collaborating with the former Director of Research, Dr. Kay Avant, and joined regular Board meetings. Since 2019, he has served as a member of the NANDA-I Diagnosis Development Committee, reviewing newly proposed revisions or proposed deletions of nursing diagnoses. Since 2018, he has served as a member of the NANDA-I Research Committee. Since 2018, he has been invited to review NANDA-I conference abstracts. In 2022, he presented a NANDA-I webinar entitled “Anxiety in Hospitalized Medical-Surgical Patients: Clinical indicators and validation.” He was a consultant for the NANDA International Nursing Diagnoses Definitions & Classification, 2021-2023 book.

Dr. D’Agostino has always been motivated by learning and delights in scientific developments. He currently lives in Italy but can travel internationally without restriction. His English language skills allow him to be independent in the scientific world.

Dr. D’Agostino’s goal as Preseiden-Elect:
– To promote interdisciplinary research and collaborative partnership among members of NANDA-I and external stakeholders.

Dr. Hortensia Castañeda-Hidalgo

Dr. Hortensia Castañeda-Hidalgo has been involved with NANDA-I since 2012 as a translator for the Latin-American edition of the Nursing Diagnoses book and since 2018 as a member of the Diagnoses Development Committee. She is a renowned speaker about Nursing Process and Nursing Diagnoses in Latin America. At her request, the Diagnoses Development Committee is working with the Ministry of Health in Mexico to update the Mexican care model, including the taxonomy of NANDA-I.
Dr. Hortensia Castañeda-Hidalgo holds a number of leadership positions, building on her previous experience that provided her with a comprehensive understanding of international work and collaboration. As a leader, Dr. Castañeda-Hidalgo believes in fair play, as well as transparent and inclusive leadership, because she knows that we can achieve more together than on our own. Considering the challenges that lie ahead of us, Dr. Castañeda-Hidalgo thinks this is exactly what NANDA-I, as an organization, needs.

Brief Bio

  • Education level: Ph.D. in Health Sciences obtained at the University of Alicante, Spain
  • Postdoc as Public Health Leader at the Emory University, USA
  • Leaders in International Health Program Fellow – WHO/PAHO 2017 
  • MSN, M. Ed, BSN, Major in surgical room at the Japan Itabashi Hospital in Tokyo
  • Member of the Mexican scholar´s system
  • Member of the Diagnosis Development Committee at NANDA-International
  • Professor Emerita and Full Time Professor at the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas 
  • Chair of the Nominations Committee, NANDA-I
  • Consultant for the Nursing Doctoral Program at the South Alabama University
  • Member of the Sigma Nursing Research and Scholarship Advisory Council
  • Member of the Sigma Nursing Global Regional Council
  • External evaluator of research projects for the University of Tampere, Finland

Peer reviewer at: *Revista AQUICHAN *Journal of Nursing Scholarship *Revista de la Facultad Nacional de Salud Pública, Colombia *Journal of Transcultural Nursing *Hispanic Health Care International

Awards and recognition

  • “People Choice Award: Best Embodies the Spirit of the PH Leader”, Emory University, 2016
  • Medal “Miguel Asomoza Arronte” Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas, 2020
  • “Inspiring Teaching” from Elsevier 2020
  • “Graciela Arroyo de Cordero”  National award 2021 from the Mexican government 2021
  • “Inspiring Teaching” from Elsevier 2020
  • Recognition “Leonor Villegas de Mignón”, 2021 awarded by the National Olympic Committee of the Mexican Nursing Olympics, of the Mexican Association of Nursing Students
  • “100 bold nurses from Latin America and the Caribbean who promote excellence in nursing”, Sigma Nursing 2022
  • Speaker, Environment activist, more than thirty published papers, author, and evaluator of research projects for the National Council of Science.

Dr. Hortensia Castañeda-Hidalgo’s goals as president-elect are:
– To scale up our work to involve more people and ministries of health in the use of SNL, particularly to increase this in Latin America.
– To work with the board of directors to keep NANDA-I having more impact in the long-term whilst at the same time continuing to be an organization with real-time value for all its members today.

Candidates for Director of Education & Clinical  Innovation

Dr. Adenike Ayobola Ebunolu Olaogun

Dr. Adenike Ayobola Olaogun has been a member of NANDA-I since 2009. Dr. Adenike Ayobola Olaogun, RN Ph.D., is a Professor of Nursing with a specialization in Maternal and Child Health Nursing and Standardized Nursing Languages at the Department of Nursing Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. She earned her BSc Nursing from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, MSc Nursing, and Ph.D. Sociology and Anthropology (specializing in Medical Sociology) at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife. She had her Post-Doctoral fellowship program at the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness (CNC), College of Nursing, University of Iowa, Iowa, USA, where she learned about Standardised Nursing Languages (SNLs). On returning to Nigeria, her institution gave full support to this new area and the NANDA International – African chapter, was formed in 2009. This network held the first Biennial conference in 2010 at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, in conjunction with the CNC and the NANDA International. The NANDA-I Nursing Diagnostic labels, the Nursing Intervention Classification (NIC), and Nursing Outcome Classification (NOC) labels were introduced into Nigeria. Subsequently, biennial conferences have been held in different cities in the nation. This organization has now become the Association of Standardized Nursing Languages in Nigeria, which is no longer directly affiiated with NANDA-I.

The central theme in Dr. Olaogun’s scholarship is the advancement of nursing knowledge through the integration of SNLs into education, research and practice. This, she has pursued by:

  1. Working with a team to develop educational modules that have been awarded CEU by the
    Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (N&MCN). These modules are;
    Module 1- Basic Master Class/ NNN level 1
    Module 2- Advanced Master Class / NNN Level 2
    Module 3- NNN in Nursing Education
    Module 4- NNN and Clinical Research
  2. Organizing a team of facilitators that has been running training workshops in many tertiary
    hospitals, at the N&MCN mandatory continuing professional education program, and for the
    Nigeria Airforce Nursing Corp in the country. As an outcome, the N&MCN has introduced
    the SNLs into all its educational curricula and its mandatory continuing education
    workshop’s modules.
  3. Introducing research on SNLs in Nigeria through mentoring nurses in; clinical validation of some NANDA-I nursing diagnoses and the development and testing of paper-based and electronic standardized nursing care plans. Thus, improving nursing documentation in the clinical areas.

Dr. Olaogun contributed to the 7th edition of the NIC and the 5th edition of the NOC textbooks produced by CNC, College of Nursing, University of Iowa. On July 19th, 2022, she presented her inaugural lecture titled ‘The Pains of Womanhood, Toils of Early Childhood and Ethos of Standardised Nursing Languages: A Compendium by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse Specialist.’ Her role in the establishment of the NANDA-I network in Nigeria fetched her the name Mama NANDA-I. She is most honored to receive the Outstanding Service Award presented by NANDA-I Nigeria Chapter for serving as Pioneer National President.

Dr. Olaogun’s proposed goals as the Director of Education & Clinical  Innovation are:
– Get more African nations and nurses involved in the NANDA-I project.
– Promote and expand the existing educational program of the ‘Education and Clinical Innovation task force’ to reach all levels of students, faculty, fellows, visiting professors, and other categories of nursing working with the NANDA-I diagnostic labels.

Dr. Pedro Melo

Dr. Pedro Melo has been a member of NANDA-I since 2021 and has been involved with education in nursing for more than 20 years. Dr. Melo has a Ph.D. in Nursing, is a Professor at the Catholic University of Portugal, and is an integrated researcher at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Health at the same University. His line of research is related to clinical decision-making in Nursing, Community Empowerment, Epidemiology and Community Health Nursing and Public Health and Climate Change. He has coordinated the NANDA-I Network Group Portugal since 2021. He is the author and co-author of several books and scientific articles in impact-indexed journals on Community Health and Public Health Nursing, Family Health Nursing, and Advanced Nursing. He also has several leadership development activities in healthcare organizations.

Dr. Melo’s goals as the Director of Education & Clinical  Innovation are:
– Develop a line of research and training in epidemiological surveillance of global nursing diagnoses.
– Develop a dynamic digital education technology in nursing diagnoses for healthcare organizations.
– Develop a Reference Centre in education for the validation of Nursing Diagnoses.

Dr. Anamaria Napoleao

Dr. Anamaria Napoleao received her undergraduate degree in Nursing (1994), her master’s (1999), and her doctorate (2005), all completed at the University of Sao Paulo – USP, in Nursing. Dr. Napoleao has been a professor in the Nursing Department at Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar,) Brazil, since 2003, full-time. Her focus has been exclusively on teaching and research. Presently, she is an associate professor, with a likely promotion to Full Professor, in 2023. 

Her work as a professor includes undergraduate education in Nursing Care Process, which permits practice activities in hospitals. She also supervises senior students’ internships in primary health attention services or hospitals.

Dr. Napoleao leads the Center for Studies and Research in Nursing Process and Classification (NEPENF) – UFSCar (former Research Group on Systematization Systems and Classification of Nursing Care) and is vice-leader of the Center for Studies and Research in Health Assessment and Education – UFSCar, which provides her with significant leadership and research experiences.

In the role of co-writer of a proposal for our Nursing Postgraduate program at UFSCar (2007), Dr. Napoleao was rewarded with the program’s approval by the national research agency Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel – CAPES (2007–2008). She was the first vice-coordinator of this program (2008–2009) and coordinator from 2011 to 2013.

Dr. Napoleao was nominated for a full-time position in the University Hospital of UFSCar since its creation in 2015. In this position, she directed the Health Surveillance and Patient Safety Sector from May 2015 to July 2017 and presided over the Nursing Division from August 2017 to March 2021.

Besides being a founding member of the Nursing Process Research Network – REPPE, Dr. Napoleao is a member of the Brazilian Nursing Association (ABEN), member of NANDA-I, member of the Brazilian Society for the Quality of Care and Patient Safety (SOBRASP) and Member of the Ethics Committee for Research on Human Beings at UFSCar (since March 2022). 

Dr. Napoleao participated as an organizer of the books for the Nursing Diagnosis Update Program – PRONANDA – Artmed-Panamericana (from 2014 to 2022) and was a member of the Nursing Process Working Group of the Regional Nursing Council – COREN–SP (from March 2021 to December 2022).

Dr. Napoleao became a regular member of NANDA-I in 2004, but her first contact with NANDA-I was in 1993 as a nursing undergraduate student at the Nursing School of Ribeirão Preto – USP. She also had the opportunity to study NANDA-I nursing diagnoses, nursing process, and theories in post-graduate disciplines.

In her doctorate program, Dr. Napoleao worked with the applicability of NIC interventions for patients with the nursing diagnosis of Ineffective airway clearance, which further favored her approach to nursing taxonomies in the clinical practice, teaching, and research contexts.

Dr. Napoleao started her work in teaching NANDA-I nursing diagnoses in private colleges in 2001. Since joining UFSCar (2003), she has dedicated herself to teaching, research, and extension in NANDA-I’s nursing diagnoses, as well as to participating in events, interest groups, and publishing on this subject.

In 2011 Dr. Napoleao joined the group led by Profa. Dr. Alba Barros for the scientific review of the translation of the NANDA-I nursing diagnosis taxonomy for Portuguese. Her last work in this group was in the 2021-2023 version.

Dr. Napoleao also participated as an organizer of the books for the Nursing Diagnosis Update Program – PRONANDA – Artmed-Panamericana, from 2014 to 2022, which included the organization of 4 books per year.

Under Dr. Napoleao’s supervision, two master’s students researched the proposal of the Nursing diagnosis Risk for urinary tract injury, which was included in the NANDA-I taxonomy in 2014. Currently, a master’s and doctoral student are working on research with high potential for the proposition of two new nursing diagnoses.

Finally, Dr. Napoleao’s involvement with NANDA-I has always been founded on respect, admiration, and trust for the values underlying this entity. She is grateful for all the learning opportunities NANDA-I has provided her.

Dr. Napoleao’s goals as the Director of Education & Clinical  Innovation are:
– To map the situation of the education about NANDA-I nursing diagnoses in different locations as a basis for the organization of short events (meetings, seminars, workshops) to discuss and establish strategies for the promotion of greater scope or strengthening the teaching of NANDA-I nursing diagnoses, seeking to maintain an open communication channel to support professors and students.
– To validate with educational partners and introduce innovative strategies of fast and long reach, such as the production of short videos for social media and bundles with relevant tips, as complements to the teaching-learning process and to favor the promotion of clinical application of NANDA-I nursing diagnoses.
– To work together with partners to propose, validate and disseminate strategies that promote the teaching of NANDA-I nursing diagnoses in pedagogical projects as a central axis in different disciplines, applying the principle of education for NANDA-I nursing diagnoses as a way to achieve patient safety.

Sergio E Matienzo-Torres, MPH

Sergio Eduardo Matienzo-Torres is originally from Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico. Mr. Matienzo-Torres obtained his Bachelor of Nursing from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and his Master in Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.

Mr. Matienzo-Torres has worked at Doctors Without Borders as a Clinical Nurse in a project to address violence in transmigrant people, as an Infection Prevention and Control Coordinator at Hospital Ángeles Tampico, and as a professor at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas.

He is currently a Nursing Regulatory Coordinator in the Nursing Directorate of the General Directorate of Quality and Health Education of the Federal Ministry of Health of Mexico. Coordinates the Strategy for the Implementation of the Advanced Role of Nursing in Chronic Diseases and Prescription of Medicines by Nurses at the National Level; as part of his activities, he developed the Diploma in Comprehensive Nursing Care in Diabetes with a focus on Primary Health Care in conjunction with the Pan-American Health Organization, the British Embassy in Mexico and the National Autonomous University of Mexico, has also participated as an instructional designer in the development of online and face-to-face courses on diabetes, Covid-19 and Breastfeeding. He has experience in developing technical-regulatory documents such as the Technical Guidelines for the use and management of Personal Protective Equipment in health workers for the care of patients with viral respiratory disease and the Nursing Workforce Report at the First Level of Care. He also works as a La Salle University Mexico professor on the subjects of Society and Health in Mexico and National and International Health Legislation.

Mr. Matienzo-Torres goals as the Director of Education & Clinical  Innovation are:
– Establish a training program that responds to the current needs of the nursing profession and the use of standardized languages.
– Establish a process for detecting educational needs and developing quality and innovative online courses through a solid instructional design methodology.
– Build a strong network for the development of new innovative educational offers with other institutions and professionals with different backgrounds to improve.

Candidate for Director of Informatics

Christine Spisla, DNP, RN

Christine Spisla has 20+ years of clinical experience in various Women’s Health clinical areas including high-risk Labor & Delivery, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and Colposcopy and Laser.   Her electronic health record (EHR) implementation experience includes end-user training and on-site implementation support of EpicCare Inpatient, workflow analysis and redesign, build and applications analyst for Epic Ambulatory. Ms. Spisla is a former Clinical Editor for SNOMED CT, providing terminology management and coordinating new concept requests. She actively participated in the SNOMED Nursing and Anaesthesia Work Groups to apply SNOMED CT editorial policies to their terminology projects and needs.  She created and delivered SNOMED CT education via nationwide webinars and has published and presented on nursing terminology standards and clinical data quality nationally and internationally.

Ms. Spisla has worked with prominent quality measure developers, helping them understand the role of clinical reference terminologies and clinical workflows for electronic quality measures development. She helped develop clinical data best practices for clinical documentation improvement projects in preparation for Meaningful Use, electronic quality measure specifications and clinical data analytics. Ms. Spisla was an invited participant in standards initiatives; American College of Obstetrician and Gynecologists Revitalize project, and Vital Records Vocabulary Committee for Prenatal Care (CDC), as well as providing SNOMED CT subject matter expertise for Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise (IHE) antepartum profiles. She has extensive experience mapping client terminology to SNOMED CT, LOINC and ICD-10-CM. After joining Deloitte, Ms. Spisla has focused on healthcare compliance and clinical data quality.  She holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Loyola University Chicago.   Her Doctoral thesis focused on the use of healthcare information technology for continuity of care for chronic disease and the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patient populations following a disaster.