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Clinical supervision for nurses: what does it involve?

Advice on using the reflective sessions as part of your professional toolkit; how it improves practice, boosts well-being and can prevent stress and burnout

Advice on using the reflective sessions as part of your professional toolkit; how it improves practice, boosts well-being and can prevent stress and burnout

What is clinical supervision?

Clinical supervision is a form of professional supervision that is distinct from formal line management. It involves a nurse meeting regularly with another professional for in-depth reflection on clinical practice.

‘It should be about personal and professional development as a nurse, developing skills and knowledge to provide safe and effective clinical care,’ says RCN professional lead for mental health Stephen Jones.

It is led by the person being supervised, who decides on the areas for discussion. The role of the clinical supervisor is to support the nurse to reflect on

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