ICNP® Nursing Phenomena Classification
Definitions: For the purpose of the ICNP®:
Nursing Phenomena: Aspect of health of relevance to nursing practice.
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For the purpose of the ICNP® Classification of Nursing Phenomena, the axes are defined below:
Axis A. Focus of Nursing Practice
Definition: The area of attention as described by the social mandates and professional and conceptual frameworks of professional nursing practice.
Examples include: pain, violence, poverty.
Axis B. Judgement
Definition: The clinical opinion, estimate, or determination by professional nursing practice regarding the state of a nursing
Phenomena, including the relative quality of the intensity or degree of the manifestation of the nursing Phenomena.
Examples include: enhanced, inadequate, and improved.
Axis C. Frequency
Definition: The number of occurrences or repetitions of a nursing Phenomena during a time interval.
Examples include: intermittent, often.
Axis D. Duration
Definition: The length of a time interval during which a nursing Phenomena occurs.
Examples include: acute, chronic.
Axis E. Body site
Definition: The anatomical position or location of a nursing Phenomena.
Examples include: eye, finger.
Axis F. Topology
Definition: The anatomical region in relation to a median point or the extent of the anatomical area of a nursing Phenomena.
Examples include: right, left, partial, total.
Axis G. Likelihood
Definition: The probability of occurrence of a nursing Phenomena.
Examples include: risk, chance.
Axis H. Distribution
Definition: The diffusion of a nursing Phenomena among persons who can be said to have the Phenomena.
Examples include: individual, family , community.
See also: Nursing Outcome Classification
Nursing Diagnosis
Label given by a nurse to the decision about a Phenomena which is the focus of nursing interventions. A nursing diagnosis is composed of concepts contained in the Classification of Phenomena axes.
Guidelines for Composing a Nursing Diagnosis

Nursing Outcomes
Nursing Actions

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Learning and Using ICNPalfa version

Lars T Rundgren
Gunilla Nilsson
Department of Nursing, Medical Faculty, Lund University, Sweden / 1998