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Evaluation of the novice registered nurse in developing capability in the clinical setting of oncology


Hammersley, JA and Bromley, P, Evaluation of the novice registered nurse in developing capability in the clinical setting of oncology, Australian Journal of Cancer Nursing, 22, (1) pp. 17-22. ISSN 2208-8571 (2021) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.33235/ajcn.22.1.17-22


The oncology nurse role is wide-ranging. It involves complex patient assessment, caring for the neutropaenic septic patient, community cancer prevention and detection strategies, patient education, supportive care, and symptom management. Within this specialised field, and as part of continuing professional development (CPD), the registered nurse (RN) is required to undertake practical assessments, or clinical competencies, to demonstrate competence in practice. The senior oncology nurse is required to allocate staff and workload. Anecdotally, it is difficult to determine which nurse is capable of caring for which patient(s) based on clinical competencies alone. To help understand the decision-making process, this qualitative interpretive description study sought to explore how mentors of novice RNs evaluated capability in the oncology clinical practice through semi-structured interviews. Findings were framed and evolved, resulting in five categories of: evaluation; characteristics of capability; competency versus capability; postgraduate studies and their impact; and barriers to evaluation and capability building.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:capability, oncology, novice, registered nurse, mentor, specialised settings
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Nursing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:Hammersley, JA (Mrs Jessica Hammersley)
UTAS Author:Bromley, P (Ms Patricia Bromley)
ID Code:147058
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Nursing
Deposited On:2021-10-12
Last Modified:2021-11-16

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