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Team clinical supervision in acute hospital wards : a feasibility study

O'Connell, Bev, Ockerby, Cherene, Johnson, Susan, Smenda, Helen and Bucknall, Tracey 2011, Team clinical supervision in acute hospital wards : a feasibility study, Western journal of nursing research, vol. 35, no. 3, Online First, pp. 330-347, doi: 10.1177/0193945911406908.

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Title Team clinical supervision in acute hospital wards : a feasibility study
Author(s) O'Connell, Bev
Ockerby, Cherene
Johnson, Susan
Smenda, Helen
Bucknall, Tracey
Journal name Western journal of nursing research
Volume number 35
Issue number 3
Season Online First
Start page 330
End page 347
Total pages 18
Publisher Sage Publications
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2011
ISSN 0193-9459
1552-8456
Keyword(s) clinical supervision
work environment
teamwork
role stress
pilot studies
Summary Clinical supervision provides a strategy to mitigate nurses’ workplace stress and enhance retention, but the literature provides little guidance about its implementation beyond mental health nursing. This study explored the feasibility of implementing and evaluating ward-based team clinical supervision for general nurses on two separate wards at one public and one private hospital. Nurses completed the Work Environment Questionnaire pre- (n = 36) and post intervention (n = 27), and focus groups (n = 20) explored their perceptions of supervision. Staff were unfamiliar with clinical supervision, so information sessions were required. The questionnaire may not have been suitable to evaluate this type of intervention. Focus group findings revealed that team supervision improved communication, enhanced working relationships, and empowered nurses to challenge existing practices, which had a positive impact on their perceived stress. This study provides insights to guide implementation and evaluation of clinical supervision in acute settings.
Notes Article first published online 29th April 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0193945911406908
Field of Research 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Sage Publications
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041067

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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