Overview of the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC)

Marion Johnson, PhD, RN marion-johnson@uiowa.edu



This paper overviews the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) and identifies some of the issues related to the use of NOC. Work on the classification began in August, 1991 when a research team was formed to develop a taxonomy of patient outcomes sensitive to nursing interventions. The research team currently consists of three Co-Pls, 17 investigators, over 20 clinicians, and a number of masterís and doctoral students. Funding for the research was provided by Sigma Theta Tau International and the Institute of Nursing Research. Purposes of the research were to:

Identify, label, validate and classify patient outcomes influenced by nursing,

Evaluate the validity and usefulness of the outcomes in field tests, and

Define and test measurement procedures.

The first two purposes of the research have been completed and validation of the measures is underway in the second phase of the research.