Psychiatric hospital nursing staff's experiences of participating in group-based clinical supervision: An interview study

Niels Buus, Sanne Angel, Michael Traynor, Henrik Gonge

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Group-based clinical supervision is commonly offered as a stress-reducing intervention in psychiatric settings, but nurses often feel ambivalent about participating. This study aimed at exploring psychiatric nurses' experiences of participating in group-based supervision and identifying psychosocial reasons for their ambivalence. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 22 psychiatric nurses at a Danish university hospital. The results indicated that participation in clinical supervision was difficult for the nurses because of an uncomfortable exposure to the professional community. The sense of exposure was caused by the particular interactional organisation during the sessions, which brought to light pre-existing but covert conflicts among the nurses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)654-661
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010
Externally publishedYes

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