Team Clinical Supervision in Acute Hospital Wards: A Feasibility Study

Bev O'Connell, Cherene M. Ockerby, Susan Johnson, Helen Smenda, Tracey K. Bucknall

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Clinical supervision provides a strategy to mitigate nurses' workplace stress and enhance retention, but the literature provides little guidance about its implementation beyond mental health nursing. This study explored the feasibility of implementing and evaluating ward-based team clinical supervision for general nurses on two separate wards at one public and one private hospital. Nurses completed the Work Environment Questionnaire pre- (n = 36) and postintervention (n = 27), and focus groups (n = 20) explored their perceptions of supervision. Staff were unfamiliar with clinical supervision, so information sessions were required. The questionnaire may not have been suitable to evaluate this type of intervention. Focus group findings revealed that team supervision improved communication, enhanced working relationships, and empowered nurses to challenge existing practices, which had a positive impact on their perceived stress. This study provides insights to guide implementation and evaluation of clinical supervision in acute settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)330-347
Number of pages18
JournalWestern Journal of Nursing Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • clinical supervision
  • pilot studies
  • role stress
  • teamwork
  • work environment

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