Exploring Organizational Barriers to Strengthening Clinical Supervision of Psychiatric Nursing Staff

A Longitudinal Controlled Intervention Study

Henrik Gonge*, Niels Buus

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This article reports findings from a longitudinal controlled intervention study of 115 psychiatric nursing staff. The twofold objective of the study was: (a) To test whether the intervention could increase clinical supervision participation and effectiveness of existing supervision practices, and (b) To explore organizational constraints to implementation of these strengthened practices. Questionnaire responses and registration of participation in clinical supervision were registered prior and subsequent to the intervention consisting of an action learning oriented reflection on staff's existing clinical supervision practices. Major organizational changes in the intervention group during the study period obstructed the implementation of strengthened clinical supervision practices, but offered an opportunity for studying the influences of organizational constraints. The main findings were that a) diminishing experience of social support from colleagues was associated with reduced participation in clinical supervision, while b) additional quantitative demands were associated with staff reporting difficulties finding time for supervision. This probably explained a negative development in the experienced effectiveness of supervision. It is concluded that organizational support is an imperative for implementation of clinical supervision.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Vol/bind37
Udgave nummer5
Sider (fra-til)332-343
ISSN0161-2840
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 2016

Fingeraftryk

Psychiatric Nursing
Nursing Staff
Organizational Innovation

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