Helen Shaw-Brown

MHealSc (Nursing)

PG Dip Tertiary Teaching

PG Dip Professional Nursing Practice, BN, RN


Helen’s business is to assist people working in the fields of healthcare, education, chaplaincy, law and business to:

  • Further develop confidence and competence in providing quality services to clients.
  • Further develop levels of critical thinking, reflection on practice and decision making skills
  • To manage the dynamics of team involvement both as member and a leader
  • To manage the many challenges within their roles more effectively and in a professional manner
  • Exploring career potential and progression
  • Maintaining work-life balance


Helen’s experience, skills and knowledge, gained through  a 40 year nursing career with 20 years in nursing education and 10 years providing professional supervision, have enabled her to offer high quality professional supervision, mentoring and coaching to clients.

 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.

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.

Professional Mentoring is:

  • An informal professional relationship
  • A more experienced person provides guidance to a less experienced person
  • Focused on career development
  • Short or long term

Professional mentoring offers the opportunity to work with a more experienced person, offering guidance and wise counsel to enable career development over a period of time (short-term to long-term).

Professional mentoring offers the opportunity to bring situations or tasks that may be challenging and require planning and strategies to meet desired outcomes.

Mentoring (like professional supervision) can also offer guidance on career development e.g. assisting in the process of academic study.

The point of difference with mentoring is that one is working with an experienced person within the same field for a variable length of time. The timeframe is dependent on client requirements.

Workplace Coaching is:

  • A professional relationship with a trained coach and motivated person
  • Focussed on achievement of goals
  • A short term relationship

Workplace coaching offers the motivated client, a professional relationship with a trained coach to set and achieve workplace goals and reach outcomes within a specific timeframe.

A coach will assist to discover strengths, to strategize, utilize resources and to meet goals in a given time frame.

The point of difference is that one is working with a qualified coach, for a short period of time to meet specific goals and outcomes.