Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC)

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Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) is a standardized medical terminology to define nurse-sensitive outcomes. NOC is classification within the NANDA-I Taxonomy (NANDA-I) standardized nursing language.


Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) is a one of 12 recognized standardized nursing languages for nurses that is part of the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS). NOC is almost always used with another standardized language called, Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC). 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).

Nurse-sensitive outcomes

Nurse-sensitive outcome can be defined as any optimal health outcome for a patient that is measurable along a continuum in response to nursing interventions. NOC 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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