chapter  4
Autonomy: implications for oncology nursing
ByCAROLE FARRELL
Pages 14

Beginning with definitions of autonomy, this chapter will help to clarify the meaning of autonomy in relation to nurses’ roles and clinical practice. It aims to help readers reflect on their own roles and responsibilities, considering boundaries within nursing generally and also within individual roles. It will examine hierarchies of professional practice, utilising current evidence and professional frameworks. There will also be a critical discussion of competencies for professional practice, clinical skills, advanced levels of practice and implications for training and objective assessments.