About NANDA Foundation

Welcome to the NANDA Foundation


The NANDA Foundation, Inc., is an independent, not-for-profit organization that exists to promote nursing science research specifically in the areas of critical thinking, standardized nursing languages and their development and implementation. It was established in 1996 by Dr. Dorothy Jones, EdD, RNC, FAAN, FNI who served as the Foundation’s president for 23 years.


Our Vision

Advancement of nursing knowledge that optimizes health care for all.  


Our Mission

Enhance efforts to develop standardized language for nursing and its implementation globally.


Our Goals

Encourage the study of clinical reasoning with an emphasis on nursing diagnosis through financial support for:

  • Development of nursing diagnoses
  • Effective use of nursing diagnoses by all nurses
  • Innovative integration of nursing diagnoses in clinical practice, administration, education, and research


Our Governance

The NANDA Foundation is incorporated as a 501 (c) (6) not-for-profit organization in the state of Pennsylvania, USA. We operate according to our bylaws. Unlike NANDA International, we’re not a membership organization, so our President and Directors are appointed by the Board. We meet remotely at least six times a year. Our Board is international and is entirely volunteer-led and managed. We have no paid staff.


Our Board

Shigemi Kamitsuru, PhD, RN, FNI, President (since 2022, Japan)

Kay Avant, PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN (since 2014, USA)

Pamela Brown, MSN, RN (since 2023, USA)

Silvia Caldeira, PhD, RN (since 2022, Portugal)

Carme Espinosa i Fresnedo, MSN, RN, FNI (since 2023, Andorra)

Miriam Rodriguez-Monforte, PhD, RN, RD (since 2022, Spain)


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.  foundation@nanda.org