The International Classification for Nursing Practice (ICNP) provides an agreed set of terms that can be used to record the observations and interventions of nurses across the world. ICNP also provides a framework for sharing data about nursing and for comparing nursing practice across settings. There are a number of benefits associated with the use of ICNP.
- ICNP is helping to increase nursing visibility, ensure safety and enhance quality
- ICNP is helping to ensure that nursing is adequately represented in multidisciplinary health information systems
- ICNP is helping to ensure that nurses have the information tools they need to meet the changing health and care needs of citizens
- ICNP is helping to enhance practice and support policy-making through national information standards
- ICNP is helping to support both general and specialist nursing practice across settings
- ICNP is helping to ensure that the contribution of nursing is accurately captured in resource management systems
- ICNP is helping to support evidence-based practice
- ICNP is helping to bring different nursing terminologies together
ICNP is supported by a number of translators and international research and development centres. The research and development centres help with the development of ICNP by reviewing new concept submissions, developing catalogues and supporting ICNP implementation.
There are a number of resources to support the development and implementation of ICN: