PURPOSE. To describe the need for nursing diagnosis research and a theoretical framework for such research.
DATA SOURCES. A linguistics theory served as the foundation for the theoretical framework.
DATA SYNTHESIS. Reasons for additional nursing diagnosis research are: (a) file names are needed for implementation of electronic health records, (b) international consensus is needed for an international classification, and (c) continuous changes occur in clinical practice. A theoretical framework used by the author is explained.
CONCLUSIONS. Theoretical frameworks provide support for nursing diagnosis research. Linguistics theory served as an appropriate exemplar theory to support nursing research.
IMPLICATION. Additional nursing diagnosis studies based upon a theoretical framework are needed and linguistics theory can provide an appropriate structure for this research.