Constructive hope could help nurses respond appropriately when someone is seriously ill
Nurses have a vital role in helping patients express and cope with their fears and anxieties
This article discusses clinical supervision and suggests that, aside from helping nurses to enhance their clinical effectiveness, it could offer experiential methods of assisting nurses to identify and locate supportive networks in the workplace. The advantages and difficulties of supervision relationships are described in context, including some consideration of authority and control.
Clinical supervision involves establishing professional relationships that, notwithstanding other benefits, are concerned with safe and effective nursing practice. It is important that supervisors and supervisees are able to work together constructively. Supervisors and supervisees should, therefore, consider their roles and responsibilities outside supervision and how these might influence the supervision relationship. This article draws on the author’s personal experiences in the roles of supervisor and supervisee, as well as using ideas from counselling, social work and nursing. Issues related to safe professional practice are also explored. Protocols could be devised offering guidance regarding who should undertake the role of supervisor.
Supervision in nursing is still in its early stages. Alun Jones argues that, if implemented thoughtfully, it will bring positive benefits to all concerned.