• Classification;
  • ICNP®;
  • Validation


Background:  The premise for the research study was the authors’ conviction that the use of nursing diagnostic taxonomies allows the nurse to formulate a thorough and valid diagnosis. Aim: To verify the International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP®) in the context of a Polish academic nursing programme.

Research questions:  Do nursing diagnoses made traditionally and those made with the ICNP® reflect the patient’s/client's condition? Is the range and type of the two kinds of diagnoses similar or different? Is the level of detail in both types of diagnoses compatible?

Methods:  Quasi-experiment in which the experimental group diagnosed patients by means of the ICNP® and the control group formulated nursing diagnoses by means of an intellectual decision-making process.

Study groups:  44 students in a MNurs. Programme, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Medical University in Lublin, Poland.

Conclusions:  The range and type of nursing diagnoses do not depend on the method used in their formulation. The ICNP® diagnoses are compatible with the traditionally formulated ones. The unbalanced size of the experimental and the study groups negatively influenced the validity of conclusions.