Postmodernising clinical supervision in nursing

Authored by: Chris Stevenson

Routledge Handbook of Clinical Supervision

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415779555
eBook ISBN: 9780203843437
Adobe ISBN: 9781136912801


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This chapter adopts an approach that has infrequently been used to frame the discourse around clinical supervision; it attempts to reconstruct clinical supervision from a postmodern perspective. After providing a useful and succinct overview of (one view of) postmodernism in nursing, Chris then used a postmodern critique to enable a re-visioning of clinical supervision using some of her earlier published work (Stevenson and Jackson 2000) in which clinical supervision is reconstructed as ‘egalitarian consultation meetings’. Case study extracts of group clinical supervision with ‘G’ grade community psychiatric nurses are then used to illustrate how the supervisors divested themselves of the role of ‘expert’ by inducting the attendees into the postmodern approach.

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