What does “NANDA” stand for?
NANDA International

Prior to the year 2002, "NANDA" was an acronym for the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. However, that is no longer the name of the organization.

In 2002, we officially became NANDA International (and NANDA International, Inc. in 2011), in consideration of the significant growth of our membership outside North America. We continue to use "NANDA" as part of our name, due to its familiarity. However, "NANDA" is no longer an acronym for "North American." Instead, NANDA is our brand name, e.g. like NIKE is a brand name.

The correct name of our organization is NANDA International, Inc. (no hyphen) and the abbreviation is NANDA-I (with a hyphen). Please do not use "North American Nursing Diagnosis Association" to describe our organization (unless you are referring to the organization prior to 2002).

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