The Oncology Nursing Society Leadership Competency Project: Developing a Road Map to Professional Excellence

Donald D. Day

Mikel W. Hand

Ann R. Jones

Nancy Kay Harrington

Robyn Best

Kristine B. LeFebvre

communication, professional issues, leadership, competency, professional development
CJON 2014, 18(4), 432-436. DOI: 10.1188/14.CJON.432-436

Combining the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine's report on the future of nursing, an Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) leadership think tank, and current evidence, the ONS Leadership Competencies were developed to provide all nurses with a pathway to advance their leadership skills and abilities. Generated through a systematic approach of literature review, data synthesis, and peer and expert review, the ONS Leadership Competencies are divided into five domains: vision, knowledge, interpersonal effectiveness, systems thinking, and personal mastery. Each of the competencies can be measured at the individual, group, and governance levels. They serve as a means of self-assessment, growth, future planning, and professional development. This article describes the process used to develop the ONS Leadership Competencies and offers examples of how they may be used in practice.

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