The CCC System facilitates the electronic documentation of nursing plans of care (POCs) using standardized coded concepts (data elements). It facilitates the collection, storage, processing, retrieval and analysis of clinical nursing practice. It is used for:

Clinical nursing practice applications

  • Captures patient care data using a standardized coded nursing terminology.
  • Links framework clinical concepts (problems, goals/expected outcomes, interventions/actions and outcomes) together.
  • Provides standardized concepts for clinical pathways and decision-support systems to operationalize clinical nursing practice in an EHR.
  • Enables evidence-based practice protocols to capture nursing care data and evaluate their effects on patient outcomes.

Nursing administration applications

  • Uses intervention action types to evaluate nursing practice.
  • Captures patient care data to measure effectiveness of patient outcomes.
  • Collects standardized indicators and outcome measures for quality and safety.
  • Uses RVUs to predict workload, resource needs and costs of nursing care.
  • Supports patient acuity to determine nurse staffing and resources.

Nursing education applications

  • Teaches how to electronically document and code POCs using a standardized nursing terminology following the six steps of the Nursing Process for Professional Nursing Practice (ANA, 2015).
  • Tracks student assignments (procedures and protocols) via handheld devices.
  • Teaches, tests and evaluates online student education.
  • Evaluates student use of predetermined patient care simulations.
  • Uses web apps to teach development of POCs (see the mobile care plan)

Nursing research applications

  • Concepts used to search nursing literature online for research data and resources.
  • Uses POC data for analyses of clinical nursing practice.
  • Identifies patient “never events” to evaluate outcomes of nursing care.
  • Provides standardized concepts to facilitate the design of evidence-based systems.
  • Uses research findings to advance nursing knowledge and nursing science.