Implementing Nursing Diagnoses Within the Context of King's Conceptual Framework Academic Article uri icon

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  • The use of nursing conceptual frameworks and nursing diagnoses is generally acknowledged to hold immense promise for the further development of nursing's scientific base. The nursing profession to date has failed to link the two, thus diminishing their impact. A large community hospital in Canada adopted King's Conceptual Framework for Nursing Practice and advocated the use of NANDA's nursing diagnostic statements as the manner by which patient needs or problems would be identified. Nurses, however, required assistance in identifying more clearly the connection between the theoretical base and nursing diagnoses. During stage one of this project a tool was designed that categorized NANDA's nursing diagnoses according to the concepts and systems of King's conceptual framework. The difficulties encountered in categorizing the nursing diagnoses are discussed and the categorization system is outlined. The utility of the tool was tested during stage two. A total of 25 nurses were asked to describe how they arrived at a particular nursing diagnosis before and after using the categorization tool. Criteria were used to indicate whether a connection had been made between the formulation of the nursing diagnosis and King's conceptual framework throughout the nurse's thought processes. The results indicated that nurses could make a connection between NANDA's nursing diagnoses and King's framework with the assistance of the categorization tool.


  • Coker, Esther
  • Fradley, Thelma
  • Harris, Janet
  • Tomarchio, Dianne
  • Chan, Vivian
  • Caron, Charmaine

publication date

  • July 1990