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Diagnosis Submission

- Diagnosis Submission Form
- Diagnosis Submission Review Process
The NANDA International Diagnosis Submission Review Process involves multiple steps and approval points, culminating in the final step of membership approval to add a diagnosis to our terminology. 

NANDA International is a membership organization so a key role of members is to vote for the inclusion, or not, of new diagnoses to our terminology.

Our Diagnosis Development Committee (DDC) Chair and members are all volunteers, contributing their time to the work of the organization. Committee members work on submitted diagnoses in three ways:
  • Email communication with diagnosis submitters, for discussion on the submission and to advise submission status;
  • Committee conversation in our DDC Forum and web conference calls;
  • Face to face Diagnosis Development Committee meetings.
The time frame of the review of your submission depends on the following factors:
  • The timing of your submission relative to the submission review / DDC meeting / membership vote cycle 
  • The extent of revision that may be required;
  • The length of time taken for your response(s) to email(s) from the DDC member assigned to review your submission.
Publication of approved diagnosis submissions will be timed with our 2-year publication cycle.

You can reach the DDC Chair at:

You can reach the Association Services Manager at:


Before submitting your work you may wish to contact the DDC Chair to ensure that your submission will not duplicate work already underway.
  • If your submission is a duplicate of similar work already underway the DDC Chair will make a decision about a way forward during Preliminary review. The decision will normally be to proceed with the submission that was received first or to connect the submitters together so that they can submit a joint piece of work. DDC cannot support duplicate submissions. 
  • It is vital that you study the latest version of NANDA International’s ‘Nursing Diagnoses: Definitions and Classification’, published by Wiley Blackwell, in English before submission. The most up to date version is the English version and this is the source version for all of the translations. The book contains a wealth of useful information. The style of writing you adopt for your submission must be consistent with existing diagnoses, especially the newer ones.
  • If approved, your submission will be translated into multiple languages from the English version. NANDA International uses American English and American English spellings. It is vital that the words and phrases you choose are unambiguous and suitable for translation. You may wish to utilize the skills of a nurse who’s mother tongue is English to double check your work.
  • Usually, NANDA International will only approve concepts that are internationally and trans-culturally applicable. However, NANDA International positively embraces cultural diversity and accepts that the scope of nursing differs worldwide. Occasionally, it is acknowledged that whist we are able to translate the written word it is less easy to translate a cultural concept. In these rare cases, a footnote might be added to the diagnosis indicating the suggested utility of the work.
  • Given that we are an international organization and that our work is used in multiple different countries and languages it is important that the references you submit to support your submission are drawn from a wide range of peer reviewed literature and not just literature from one country. NANDA International’s mission is to develop the knowledge of nursing so Reviewers will always expect to be assured that the nursing literature has been scrutinized and not just literature from other disciplines. 
  • Reviewers will often ask for amendments to be made to submissions during the Review process. If you receive such a request you should aim to deal with it within 4 weeks. 
We are delighted that you are considering submitting your work to NANDA International and look forward to working with you and seeing it included in our terminology. We thank you for your commitment to nursing.