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Unified Medical Language System® (UMLS®)

Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) Source Information

Authority
The Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) was developed and is maintained by the University of Iowa College of Nursing.

Purpose
NIC provides a standardized classification system for treatments performed by nurses.

Description
NIC interventions are grouped hierarchically into 30 classes within seven domains. The seven domains are:

  1. Behavioral
  2. Community
  3. Family
  4. Health System
  5. Physiological: Basic
  6. Physiological: Complex
  7. Safety

Domains, classes, and interventions include definitions. Interventions also include sets of activities to carry out the interventions and references for background reading.

Audience
NIC is used by health care agencies, nursing education programs, and researchers.

Update Frequency
NIC is updated irregularly; it was last updated in 2008.

Metathesaurus Update Frequency
NIC was last updated in the Metathesaurus in 2007.

Sites Consulted

  1. Overview of NIC [Internet]. Iowa City (IA): The University of Iowa; [cited 2010 Feb 4]. Available from: http://www.nursing.uiowa.edu/excellence/nursing_knowledge/clinical_effectiveness/nicoverview.htm