Nursing Diagnosis: a Study of Quality and Supportive Evidence

Joan E. Andersen
Lynne Ornes, University of South Carolina - Beaufort

© Journal of Nursing Scholarship 1988, Wiley-Blackwell.

DOI: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1988.tb00054.x


This study focused on the difference in number and quality of diagnostic statements generated by nurses using a medical or nursing database and the supportive evidence for the diagnoses. The results revealed no statistical difference in the number or quality of nursing diagnoses generated from the databases; 12 (44%) of the 34 diagnoses were not supported by assessment data. Nurses had difficulty writing etiologies that were supported by assessment data and for which nurses can intervene independently. The findings support the conclusion that nursing diagnosis is a weak component of the nursing process.