On behalf of NANDA International, I have a most difficult task of sharing the news of the passing of a man who left us much too young. I am saddened to notify you of the passing of our friend and colleague, Dr. Marcelo Chanes, who fought a courageous battle with cancer over the past year.

Dr. Chanes completed his undergraduate nursing degree at the Escola de Enfermagem Universidade da São Paulo (EEUSP) in 1996. He specialized in hospital management in 1998 at the Instituto de Pesquisas Hospitalares, and received his master’s degree in 2005 and his doctorate in 2013, from EEUSP.

Dr. Chanes produced numerous videos and educational seminars on the nursing process, and served as a collaborator of the Brazilian Cofen System / Regional Nursing Councils, providing training focused on the nursing process. He anchored the Cofen series on YouTube, Decomplicated SAE (Uncomplicated nursing care systematization) and Descomplicando a passage de plantão. He also published a book, SAE descomplicada: Sistematização da Assistência de Enfermagem.

Dr. Chanes served as a member of the Education and Research Committee of NANDA-I, and served on the NANDA-I Board of Directors as Director of Education.

For those of us who knew him well, Marcelo was a passionate, energetic spokesman for the use of standardized nursing language, particularly NNN, within Brazil. He was an administrator and educator who truly loved to teach, and who wanted students to be as committed to and excited about NANDA-I as he was himself. He brought his energy, sense of humor, and theatrical showmanship to every presentation he gave. His laughter, his ability to find amazement and enjoyment in the smallest of things, and his passionate defense of nursing as a profession of which one could be proud….these are just a few of the things we will miss.

Dr. Chanes was buried Friday in his hometown of São Roque, Brazil. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his mother, brother, and niece, and to all of his friends and extended nursing family.


Kind regards,

T. Heather Herdman, PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN

Chief Executive Officer

NANDA International, Inc.