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The “Ideal” Clinical Supervision Environment in Nursing and Allied Health

Authors King C, Edlington T, Williams B

Received 21 November 2019

Accepted for publication 22 December 2019

Published 17 February 2020 Volume 2020:13 Pages 187—196


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Scott Fraser

Christine King, 1 Tanya Edlington, 2 Brett Williams 1

1Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; 2The Conversation Clinic Pty Ltd, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Correspondence: Brett Williams
Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Tel +61 49 904 4283
Email [email protected]

Background: The importance of effective clinical supervision for emerging clinicians is well recognised, not only for practice preparation, but also for reducing future attrition rates. Also recognised are the challenges faced by both students and supervisors during the supervision experience. This study aimed to identify the qualities of the “ideal” clinical supervision environment from the perspective of clinical supervisors from both nursing and allied health.
Design: A qualitative study using an interview method based on action research.
Methods: The convergent interview method was used with 20 clinical supervisors and educators from nursing and allied health across Victoria. Interviews were recorded and data analysis occurred at the end of each pair of interviews to develop deeper questions in line with the method.
Results: 12 major themes emerged as “ideal” qualities with a range of suggestions on how these can be achieved.
Conclusion: The “ideal” qualities can be used in assessing and improving current contexts, as well as designing new clinical supervision processes, models, programs and guidelines or policies. The convergent interview method allowed for deeper level analysis than previous research.

Keywords: clinical supervision, clinical placement, health educators, nursing, allied health personnel

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