The Community Nursing Competency Framework (CNCF) is a guide to provide clarity on the roles, responsibilities and associated competencies for nurses working in the community care settings.

Nurses, employers and course providers may use the CNCF as a reference to set job role expectations, develop training roadmaps and design workplace-based nursing education courses. 

The CNCF is applicable to all settings and institutions outside of acute hospitals. The framework lists 12 Job Role Profiles (JRPs) and 12 Professional Competencies (PCs) organised into four competency domains.

You may download the CNCF here.

Overview of the Community Nursing Competency Framework

A total of 12 Professional Competencies (PCs) have been developed for the community nursing sector and each PC has 4 levels of Proficiency. You may click on the competency elements to view the knowledge and abilities for the different levels of proficiency. 

D1: Person-centred Care D1.1 Clinical Care Management E1 Client Assessment and Care Planning Perform biopsychosocial and environment assessment of clients in order to develop an individualised care plan using a person-centred care approach
E2 Management of Individuals with Health Conditions Implement holistic evidence-based nursing interventions to manage clients' health conditions in consideration of care goals and preferences
E3 Medication Management Perform and advocate safe use, administration and prescription of medication in accordance to policies, procedures and regulations
D1.2 Engagement and Empowerment E4 Client, Family and Caregiver Education and Empowerment Enable clients, families and/or caregivers to recognise assets and responsibilities to promote self-management of health and wellbeing
D1.3 Care Transition and Integration E5 Care Transition Across Care Continuum Facilitate and manage the transition of clients across care settings and/or levels of care to ensure coordination and continuity of care
D1.4 Communication and Collaboration E6 Communication, Collaboration and Teamwork Utilise engagement strategies to work together on a common goal towards the health and wellbeing of clients and community
D1.5 Safety and Risk Management E7 Client and Environment Safety and Risk Management Identify and mitigate factors affecting clients' care, wellbeing and safety
D2:Population-based Practice E8 Population-based Practice Assess and prioritise health risks, needs and resources to develop, implement and evaluate strategies for optimising health outcomes of population segments
D3: Professional Development and Leadership E9 Develop and Lead Self Develop awareness of one's role and abilities, enhance capabilities and manage behaviours and practice to achieve professional and/or organisational goals
E10 Develop and Lead Others Drive change, foster a collaborative culture and cultivate dynamic and competent care teams and networks to shape the community care landscape
D4: Improvement, Innovation and Research E11 Innovation and Quality Improvement Develop and implement new and improved technologies, services, delivery methods and processes to drive value-based care in community
E12 Evidence-based Practice and Research Integrate best practices and research evidence in the delivery of care to achieve optimal client and population outcomes