Associate Professor Susan Gallagher-Lepak and Dr. T. Heather Herdman received funding for development of a clinical support tool (CST) using the NANDA-I  nursing diagnosis taxonomy for use by nursing students, nursing educators and nurses. The process of nursing diagnosis is central to nursing practice. Nursing diagnoses are used in the United States as well as across the world (especially Japan and Latin America).

The CST will be developed for mobile devices to enhance clinical efficiency and student learning of nursing diagnosis. Major features of the CST will involve: 1) instant access to nursing diagnosis and criteria relevant to selection of nursing diagnosis, 2) search functions by diagnostic concept and other characteristics, 3) diagnosis interaction functions to allow comparison of nursing diagnoses, and 4) access to learning content related to nursing diagnoses. Drs. Gallagher-Lepak and Herdman have contracted Prentice Technologies, experts in digital and interactive media development, to assist them with this project.

Dr. Gallagher-Lepak is chair of the Professional Program in Nursing and has extensive experience with nursing education and online learning. A major focus of Dr. Gallagher’s scholarship has been in the area of online learning. Dr. T. Heather Herdman joined UW-Green Bay in 2013 as a Researcher in the Professional Program in Nursing and is the CEO and Executive Director of NANDA International Inc, a professional nursing diagnosis association. Dr. Herdman is an international expert in nursing language standardization.