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The Use of Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) in Identifying the Workload of Nursing: An Integrative Review


  • Research Group: Human resources management; concepts, instruments, and indicators of the process of nursing staff sizing.
  • Contribution of the Authors: CWMC, DB, and AML were responsible for the conception and design of the study. CWMC, DB, and AML performed the data collection, data analysis, and writing of the article. RRG and FMTF reviewed and supervised all stages of the creation and production of the article.
  • Financing: This study was supported and funded by CAPES.
  • Conflict of Interests: The authors declare that there are no conflicts of interest.



To synthesize evidence related to the use of the Nursing Interventions Classification in order to identify nursing workload.


An integrative literature review was conducted in June 2013.


The search strategy yielded a total of 111 references, 18 of which were retrieved, read, and evaluated for relevance. A set of 10 articles met the selection criteria.


A review of papers regarding the Nursing Interventions Classification and workload revealed the following themes: the identification of nursing interventions in areas of expertise and estimated times for their completion, the distribution of interventions in direct and indirect care, and the prevalence of the type of care in a given healthcare setting.