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The development of clinical competencies for use on a paediatric oncology nursing course using a nominal group technique

Authors

  • Faith Gibson MSc, RGN, RSCN, OncCert, CertEd,

    1. Education/Research and Practice Development Nurse, South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK and Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London. WC1N 3JH, UK,
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  • Louise Soanes BSc, PGDip, RGN, OncCert

    1. Senior Lecturer, South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK
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Faith Gibson South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA, UK.

Abstract

• This paper outlines the development of a competency model to be used to assess clinical competence during a post-registration specialist course.

• A nominal group technique was used to gather data about the detailed practice of paediatric oncology nurses.

• The nominal group technique was chosen to achieve consultation and consensus with a professional group.

• The six steps from undertaking the nominal group technique to implementation are described in detail.

• Some reflections on the use of competency statements are offered.

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