Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist Competencies

The Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist (OCNS) Competencies outline specialty entry-level competencies for OCNSs who care for adult and late adolescent patients through the continuum of cancer care. These should be used by clinical nurse specialists, educators, employers, physicians, nurses, and anyone else who seeks to understand the role of the OCNS.

To develop this important guide, ONS convened a national validation panel that included 23 representatives of nursing organizations and National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers. The OCNS competencies were reviewed and critiqued further by 63 OCNSs.

ONS Competencies

Understand the fundamental knowledge, skills, and expertise to perform at the highest level.

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