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Center for Nursing Classification

The Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness (CNC) was approved by the Iowa Board of Regents in December 1995. It is the only Regents approved center in the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa located in Iowa City Iowa. In 2001, the name was expanded to the Center for Nursing Classification & Clinical Effectiveness.

The purpose of the Center is to facilitate the continued development and use of the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) and the Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC). The Center provides research and educational opportunities for students, fellows and visiting professors and provides office support to assist faculty investigators to obtain research funding.

The Board is chaired by Sue Moorhead and current board members are Gloria Bulechek, Howard Butcher, Marion Johnson, Meridean Maas and Elizabeth Swanson.

The editors of each classification conduct the review processes and procedures for expanding and updating the Classifications, produce and disseminate materials related to the Classifications and assists with implementation and use of the Classifications in clinical practice and educational settings.

Mission, Goals and Membership

The mission of the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness is to create a collaborative relationship between the NANDA International (NANDA-I) and to advance the development, testing, and refinement of nursing languages: Nursing Diagnoses (NANDA-I), Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC), and Nursing Outcomes Classification (NOC) to expand the development of nursing knowledge and clinical practice.

•Increase communication and collaboration among developers and users of NANDA-I, NIC, and NOC.
•Move toward the development of a completely linked comprehensive nursing language for nursing diagnosis, interventions, and outcomes.
•Increase the dissemination of information about NANDA-I, NIC, and NOC to the nursing and health care communities.
•Enhance the visibility and utilization of NANDA-I, NIC, and NOC languages across populations, settings, and documentation systems.
•Promote the development of nursing databases that will support decisions about cost and quality of nursing practice.
•Conduct a biennial NNN Conference.


•Executive Board of the Center
•Executive Board of NANDA International
•Co-Chairs: Director of the Center and President of NANDA International


•Members of the NNN Alliance will be NANDA International and the Center for Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness.
•Members of the NNN Alliance will encourage incorporation of NANDA-I, NIC, and NOC although collaboration may occur with other language developers.
•Proceeds from the NNN Conference will accrue to NNN Alliance members equally.
•Members of the NNN Alliance will develop strategies to respond to calls and initiatives related to nursing language.
•Members of the NNN Alliance will pursue avenues to continue the work begun with the Harmonization of  NANDA-I, NIC, and NOC.

May 2003