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Clinical Supervision for Transition to Advanced Practice

Authors

  • Julie Sharrock RN, Crit Care Cert, Psych Nurs Cert, B.Ed, M.HSc (Psych Nurs), Adv. Dip Gestalt Therapy,

    Mental Health Nurse, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Service Coordinator, Corresponding author
    • St. Vincent's Health, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
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  • Leanne Javen RN, BN, Grad.Dip.AdvClinNurs. (Psych),

    Senior Clinician
    1. Primary Mental Health Team, St. Vincent's Health, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
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  • Sarah McDonald RN, BN

    Head and Neck Nurse Coordinator
    1. St. Vincent's Health, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
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  • Conflict of Interest Statement
  • The authors report no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Author contact:

julie.sharrock@svhm.org.au, with a copy to the Editor: gpearson@uchc.edu

Abstract

Purpose

This reflective paper offers a conceptual framework of clinical supervision that assists supervisors to create supportive relationships necessary for advanced practice development.

Conclusions

Combining established concepts of clinical supervision with systems psychodynamics enhances the supervisory experience. It is useful to supervisors to understand role transition as it sensitizes them to what their supervisees experience.

Practice Implications

Nurses require support in role transition, especially when the systems into which they are introduced can struggle with new advanced roles. This framework offers a broadened lens that allows for the richness and complexities that go with the development of advanced practice to be explored and better understood.

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