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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Roselle Partridge, RNC, MSN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This second book in the series Supervision in Context focuses on the effective use of clinical supervision in practice settings to develop and maintain an emotionally healthy workforce. It begins with an overview of clinical supervision and sources of resistance, then moves to a focus specific skills for effective implementation to be used by supervisees, clinical supervisors, and managers.
Purpose: It introduces clinical supervision and explains its role in developing and maintaining emotionally healthy individuals in the work force. Multiple chapters contain "how to" skills making this a realistic, practical guide for those initiating and maintaining clinical supervision in their setting. Each chapter presents specific aspects of clinical supervision in depth to strengthen understanding and application in interpersonal interactions. This process encourages growth and support for practitioners who are experiencing rapid changes in healthcare since it promotes empowerment rather than control as a route to professional accountability. Nurses today definitely feel a need for empowerment to achieve accountability while maintaining humanness in their work. The authors do achieve their purpose in presenting clinical supervision and its relationships as a way to help nurses reach this objective.
Audience: This book is aimed at nurses, midwives, health visitors and their managers, professional support workers, and educators who have an interest in the practical implementation of clinical supervision. The authors have trained clinical supervisors at many sites and researched and developed courses about this subject. They have also consulted with others using this method. They both have backgrounds in nursing and adult education and are qualified to write on this subject.
Features: The tables are especially useful to pull out pertinent content for succinct principles or comparisons. Figures are helpful to illustrate points. Numerous current as well as benchmark references are used. Content is efficiently presented and enticingly organized. It is helpfully punctuated with tables and figures.
Assessment: This book is written with the British National Health Service as the focus of supporting and training persons in the use of clinical supervision. The authors' definition of clinical supervision requires careful understanding, as it is not the common meaning in the U.S. Once the reader becomes adjusted to the British presentation and the authors' definition of clinical supervision, the quality and usefulness of the content become meaningful. Pertinent issues are presented, discussing how nurses can be supported positively in their practice using clinical supervision to expand autonomy and accountability for quality of care. In the chapter on "Clinical Supervision Relationship: A Working Alliance," emotional openness and support is discussed as a necessary active part of the interface between supervisees and supervisors. Skills focusing on the "how to's" of rights, responsibilities, negotiation, and criticism are presented with illustrations of negative and positive practices. Clinical supervision, as described by this book, is a new process of support for nurses. The authors make a convincing case for consideration of clinical supervision. Discussion occasionally belabors the content, which is much more succinctly presented in figures, but this approach allows the reader to skim or go in-depth when using this book as a practical guide. This book can be a catalyst for new directions of supporting nurses in their practice.