Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC)

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Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) is a nursing-sensitive standardized medical terminology that is used to define the interventions or treatments that nurses perform based on nurse judgement, nurse diagnosis, to move a patient towards optimal health outcomes. NIC is classification within the NANDA-I Taxonomy (NANDA-I) standardized nursing language.


Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) is a one of 12 recognized standardized nursing languages for nurses that is part of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). NIC is almost always used with another standardized language called, Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC). When these two standardized vocabularies are used together it is called NNN classifications. Standardized nursing terminologies like NNN are also frequently referred to a SNT’s in literature. NNN classification and SNT's are sets of terms used to describe the clinical judgments of nurses based on clinical assessment. SNT's allow for examination of the effectiveness of nursing interventions that nurses use to identify and document nursing diagnoses, interventions, and outcomes unique to each patient (NANDA International, 2019).

Nursing interventions

Nursing interventions can be defined as any action that is taken to move a patient towards optimal health. Nursing interventions are selected by nurses based on a patients nursing diagnosis. NIC covers nurses-sensitive standardized medical care such as but not limited to, skin integrity, mobility, nutrition, psych-social needs and spirituality.


NANDA International. (2019). What is standardized nursing language? Retrieved from

American Nurses Association. (2018). Position Statement: Inclusion of recognized terminologies supporting nursing practice within electronic health records and other health information technology solutions. Retrieved from https:// nursing-excellence/ana-position-statements-secure/nursingpractice/2018-inclusion-of-recognized-terminologies-positionstatement–final-2018-04-19.pdf

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