Helen Shaw-Brown

MHealSc (Nursing)

PG Dip Tertiary Teaching

PG Dip Professional Nursing Practice, BN, RN

Professional Supervision (PS):

This is part of the professionals everyday practice and occurs on a regular basis throughout their career

Professional Supervision is:

  • A formalised professional relationship with a trained supervisor
  • To reflect on supervisee’s work and explore alternative actions
  • To work toward and celebrate success and best practice
  • Is career long

Professional supervision offers the client a regular opportunity (throughout their career) to reflect on their work with a trained supervisor. Professional supervision is supervisee/client led therefore supervisee’s may choose to bring a variety of topics to discuss in supervision.

Topics may include a challenging situation or a practice success and exploring the path that led to that particular outcome. They may wish to talk about interpersonal difficulties within the work place or an up and coming challenge in a completely confidential setting.

Self-management in their professional role and career development (related to their work) are other considerations they may wish to bring to professional supervision.

The outcomes:

1.1 Innovative approaches and the provision of quality care/service:

  • development and application of critical thinking skills
  • sound decision making
  • improvement and innovation in meeting the individualised needs of clients
  • better organisation and time and self-management

1.2 Better team processes and management of challenges through:

  • greater insight into situations
  • better strategies to manage, resolve conflict or accept change
  • improved therapeutic interactions with clients and colleagues and increased professionalism

1.3 Accountability, safety of practice & development of role through:

  • increased self-awareness and exploration of own practice
  • alignment of one’s role and job description
  • exploration of  role-related policies, guidelines and procedures
  • support and encouragement with leadership and career progression

Evidence–based research has demonstrated that benefits from effective supervision include improved wellbeing, increased self-awareness, improved confidence levels and positivity; more client-focused innovative care, promotion of best practice, increased ability to manage challenges, improved efficiency and role progression.

The point of difference with professional supervision is the career-long nature of this support and professional development system. Professional supervision encourages continual personal, professional and work place practice-growth.