Introducing undergraduate mental health pathway students to strengths-based group supervision

Boladeras, Robyn and Stewart, Angela (2007) Introducing undergraduate mental health pathway students to strengths-based group supervision. In: Te Ao Maramatanga Inaugural Conference: A fresh look at nursing in the mental health & addictions sector in Aotearoa New Zealand. New Zealand College of Mental Health Nurses (NZCMHN).

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This paper presents an exploratory study of third year student experiences of group clinical supervision, and how this impacted on their practice development. Specifically we explored how they developed their clinical practice as a result of clinical supervision, the likelihood of continuing clinical supervision as a Registered Nurse and the usefulness of engaging a specific theoretical framework, namely a strengths-based approach to supervision. Clinical supervision offers an opportunity to resource students to adjust to rapidly changing environments and expectations. Teasdale’s (2001) United Kingdom research identified that beginning practitioners engaged in supervision identified an increased ability to cope with practice difficulties and felt more supported in their workplaces. However, there is a dearth of research exploring undergraduate nurses’ experience of clinical supervision, and little research exploring the usefulness of engaging a specific theoretical framework for practicing clinical supervision. Thematic analysis was performed on the ten participants responses to interviews conducted using an anonymous e-Learning environment. Findings suggest that clinical supervision was valued by the participants as they experienced emotional support (being able to express practice stories and feeling listened to) and support for their practice, (developing strategies for practice and having a space for checking out practice). The usefulness of engaging a strengths based approach to clinical supervision was identified by the students as providing a sense of confidence (gaining a sense of self belief, noticing strengths, resourcefulness and resilience). Lastly the participants acknowledged the value of clinical supervision for their future practice development. Based on these findings recommendations for the provision of clinical supervision within undergraduate education and future research directions are offered.

Item Type:Book Section
Additional Information:Conference held 19-20 July, 2007, in Hamilton, New Zealand
Keywords that describe the item:Strengths-based, clinical supervision, nursing students
Subjects:H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions:Schools > Centre for Health & Social Practice
ID Code:946
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Deposited On:14 Mar 2011 00:40
Last Modified:07 May 2011 01:40

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