Assessing the Use of the NANDA-International Nursing Diagnoses at the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Ile Ife, Nigeria


  • Adenike Olaogun, PhD, RN, RM, RPHN, is a Senior Lecturer, and Monisola Oginni, MSc, RN, RM, RPHN, is a Lecturer at the Department of Nursing Science, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. Tinuke Abimbola Oyedeji, BNSc, RN, is a Health Resource Officer, and Idowu Olatubi, BNSc, RN, is a Programme Assistant with the Network on Ethics/Human Rights, Law, HIV/AIDS-Prevention, Support, and Care, Ibadan, Nigeria. Blessing Nnahiwe, BNSc, RN, is a clinical instructor at Edo State School of Nursing, Benin City, Nigeria.

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PURPOSE.  This study assessed the use of the NANDA-I nursing diagnoses in a Nigerian hospital.

METHODS.  A multi-stage sampling method was used to select seven wards and 67 nursing process booklets from the Medical, Surgical, Orthopedic, and Mental Health Units of the hospital.

FINDINGS.  A total of 154 nursing diagnoses were made: 50.7% were made within the first 48 hours of admission, while 35.8% were made on reassessments. The most frequently used nursing diagnoses were self-care deficit, pain, and anxiety.

CONCLUSION.  The NANDA-I nursing diagnoses are in use in Nigeria, adding support to the global use of the NANDA-I taxonomy, but findings also suggest a need for an assessment framework informed by nursing.

PRACTICE IMPLICATION.  Nurses in Nigeria would benefit from training programs organized by NANDA-I and national institutions to further refine their use of the nursing process.