Action Types

The nursing intervention action types were considered to provide more precision to the core intervention and were also reviewed, tested and analyzed statistically. They were primarily verb phrases and represented different aspects of the nursing services provided. After several tests and analytics, four qualifiers were selected to expand the scope of the 201 core nursing interventions to 804 nursing intervention action types. The four action type qualifiers depict four different scopes/aspects:

  • Monitor/assess: Observes and evaluates data on the health status of the patient (no hands on the patient).
  • Perform/care: Provides a therapeutic action to patient (hands on patient).
  • Teach/instruct: Provides knowledge and education to the patient or caregiver.
  • Manage/refer: Coordinates care processes of the patient (on behalf of the patient – indirect care).

By using an action type qualifier, a CCC of nursing intervention becomes more precise and provides another facet of the care process that can be expressed in time and used to determine workload, cost and evidence-based data. The action type qualifier also adds another digit to the coded concepts, making it feasible to code, classify and analyze the intervention action types separately.

Our online table of action types lists each of the four action type qualifiers by code, action type and definition. One of the four action types must be combined with each of the 201 core nursing interventions to provide in-depth information about each of the 804 nursing interventions being used to document care.


The CCC of 804 nursing intervention actions uses four action types qualifiers to depict the four different facets of the interventions. One action type is required for each of the 201 core nursing interventions (804 possible interventions) to document patient care.

The action type qualifiers were derived from the nursing service statements that depicted the different core interventions. By using qualifiers, the nursing intervention are more precise and provide another facet of the care process. The qualifiers also add another dimension to the coding process, making it easier to code, classify and analyze each intervention.

Code Action Type Definition
1 Assess/Monitor/Evaluate/Observe Action evaluating the patient condition
2 Care/Perform/Provide/Assist Action performing actual patient care.
3 Teach/Educate/Instruct/Supervise Action educating patient or caregiver.
4 Manage/Refer/Contact/Notify Action managing the care on-behalf of the patient or caregiver.