Resistance to group clinical supervision: A semistructured interview study of non-participating mental health nursing staff members

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Buus, Niels, Delgado, Cynthia, Traynor, Michael and Gonge, Henrik. (2018) Resistance to group clinical supervision: A semistructured interview study of non-participating mental health nursing staff members. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing. 27(2), pp. 783 - 793. https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12365
AuthorsBuus, Niels, Delgado, Cynthia, Traynor, Michael and Gonge, Henrik
Abstract

This present study is a report of an interview study exploring personal views on participating in group clinical supervision among mental health nursing staff members who do not participate in supervision. There is a paucity of empirical research on resistance to supervision, which has traditionally been theorized as a supervisee's maladaptive coping with anxiety in the supervision process. The aim of the present study was to examine resistance to group clinical supervision by interviewing nurses who did not participate in supervision. In 2015, we conducted semistructured interviews with 24 Danish mental health nursing staff members who had been observed not to participate in supervision in two periods of 3 months. Interviews were audio‐recorded and subjected to discourse analysis. We constructed two discursive positions taken by the informants: (i) ‘forced non‐participation’, where an informant was in favour of supervision, but presented practical reasons for not participating; and (ii) ‘deliberate rejection’, where an informant intentionally chose to not to participate in supervision. Furthermore, we described two typical themes drawn upon by informants in their positioning: ‘difficulties related to participating in supervision’ and ‘limited need for and benefits from supervision’. The findings indicated that group clinical supervision extended a space for group discussion that generated or accentuated anxiety because of already‐existing conflicts and a fundamental lack of trust between group members. Many informants perceived group clinical supervision as an unacceptable intrusion, which could indicate a need for developing more acceptable types of post‐registration clinical education and reflective practice for this group.

Keywordsclinical supervision; education; nursing; psychiatric care
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Journal citation27 (2), pp. 783 - 793
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
ISSN1445-8330
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/inm.12365
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85021264019
Page range783 - 793
Research GroupSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine
Place of publicationAustralia
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