The Art and Science in Nursing Diagnosis Development

Kay C. Avant

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There is both an art and a science to nursing diagnosis. Art is a creative force, whereas science is a systematic force. Each is necessary for diagnosis development. This paper examines issues confronting nurse clinicians, educators, and scientists interested in continued efforts to generate and validate diagnoses. It concludes with suggestions of tasks necessary for sound diagnosis development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-56
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Terminologies and Classifications
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1990



  • nursing diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fundamentals and skills
  • Nursing (miscellaneous)

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