Participation in Clinical Supervision (PACS): an evaluation of student nurse clinical supervision facilitated by mental health service users

Maplethorpe, Fran and Dixon, Julie and Rush, Brenda (2014) Participation in Clinical Supervision (PACS): an evaluation of student nurse clinical supervision facilitated by mental health service users. Nurse Education in Practice, 14 (2). pp. 183-187. ISSN 1471-5953

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Abstract

This paper discusses an innovative learning approach in which people having experience of mental health services facilitated humanistic clinical supervision with groups of student nurses in the classroom. A four-day course of preparation for the role of supervisor is described and the results of subsequent clinical supervision sessions are analysed. Seven service users who had previous experience of teaching students in the classroom and fifty students on a Diploma/BSc in mental health nursing course participated in the project, which was evaluated through focus groups.

The results indicated that the service user supervisors appreciated the skills they had gained on the course and felt that they were more appropriate than lecturers to facilitate clinical supervision sessions. Some students expressed initial uncertainty about the appropriateness of service users as supervisors but as changes to the pedagogical process of supervision were made and the supervisors gained more experience and confidence, students expressed greater satisfaction. The authors conclude that clinical supervision facilitated by service users who have preparation and continual support can add considerable value to the learning experience of student nurses.

Keywords:Clinical supervision, Service user involvement, Pre-registration mental health nursing, NotOAChecked
Subjects:B Subjects allied to Medicine > B760 Mental Health Nursing
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Health & Social Care
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ID Code:19473
Deposited On:10 Nov 2015 15:44

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