|ICNP® Nursing Phenomena
|Definitions: For the purpose of the
Nursing Phenomena: Aspect of health of relevance to nursing practice.
Axis A in
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- code, name and definition
- superordinate terms
- co-lateral terms
- subordinate terms
|For the purpose of the ICNP® Classification of
Nursing Phenomena, the axes are defined below:
|Axis A. Focus of
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
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
Examples include: individual, family , community.
|See also: Nursing
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
Learning and Using ICNPalfa version
Lars T Rundgren
Department of Nursing, Medical Faculty, Lund University,
Sweden / 1998