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

J Clin Nurs. 2000 May;9(3):459-69. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2000.00404.x.


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.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Clinical Competence / standards*
  • Focus Groups*
  • Humans
  • Oncology Nursing / standards*
  • Pediatric Nursing / standards*