De-cluttering the Road to Oncology Nurse Competency
Significance/Purpose: In today’s healthcare environment, institutions are held accountable for staff competency. The Joint Commission requires proof of competency through documentation. The American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer Care Standard 2.2 requires that “oncology knowledge and skills is completed and documented”. Evaluating and documenting performance in the clinical setting in an efficient and accessible fashion can be a challenge. Previously, this institution’s method utilized multiple paper documents listing tasks to be validated by the end of orientation. Employee document file management was a challenge for staff and leadership. There was a need to identify oncology specific competencies for oncology nurse from novice to advanced. The purpose of this project was to provide a documentation tool in an easy to access, concise, manageable format that demonstrates oncology specific competency for newly graduated nurses, experienced nurses new to oncology, and oncology nurses as they develop professionally.