Some nursing interventions classifications include both physiological and psychosocial interventions, which includes treatment, prevention and health promotion. Interventions are either direct care or indirect care, such as supply management, according to Careplans.com. Nursing intervention refers to treatment a nurse performs to enhance patient outcomes based on clinical judgment and knowledge.
Comprehensive standardized nursing interventions are called Nursing Interventions Classification, or NIC, explains Careplans.com. NIC is key to clinical documentation, competency evaluation, communication of care across settings, integration of data across settings, effective research and circular design. These interventions are both independent and collaborative. While most are individual-based interventions, many are for use with families, such as Family Integrity Promotion. Others, such as Environmental Management, are for use with entire communities.
NIC applies to the nursing domain, but some other health care providers use the interventions to describe their treatments, as stated by Careplans.com. The entire classification covers all nursing practice, but an individual nurse has expertise in a limited of interventions. The classification is ideal for all settings, ranging from home care, acute care intensive care units and hospice care to primary care. All specialties, such as ambulatory care, critical care and long-term care, can also use NIC. Each intervention contains a classification labelling a name, a set of activities, definition and background settings.