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Keywords:

  • clinical supervision;
  • facilitator;
  • nursing development;
  • structured reflection

The notions of clinical supervision and reflective practice are attracting considerable interest across the spectrum of nursing. This paper focuses upon how the two were linked together and, with the support of an independent survey, were used to evaluate the nursing development facilitator role. It is argued that reflective practice, as a model of clinical supervision, may provide a forum for nurses to explore the value of their actions. Linked to this, the personal knowledge that is revealed may mirror reality and as a result it is argued that there is benefit in evaluating practice through reflection.