Contribution of peer group supervision to nursing practice: An interpretive phenomenological study

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Tulleners, Tracey, Taylor, Melissa and Campbell, Christina. 2024. "Contribution of peer group supervision to nursing practice: An interpretive phenomenological study." Nurse Education in Practice. 75. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103903
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Contribution of peer group supervision to nursing practice: An interpretive phenomenological study

ERA Journal ID14139
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsTulleners, Tracey, Taylor, Melissa and Campbell, Christina
Journal TitleNurse Education in Practice
Journal Citation75
Article Number103903
Number of Pages8
Year2024
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1471-5953
1873-5223
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2024.103903
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471595324000325
Abstract

Aim
To provide insight into peer group supervision practices through understanding the lived experience of community health nurses.

Background
The recent Covid-19 health crisis highlights the importance of supportive mechanisms to sustain and retain nurses in the workforce. While the support of quality clinical supervision for registered nurses is recognised, the benefits and challenges of peer group supervision are less clearly articulated.

Design
Nurses’ experiences of peer group supervision in an Australian tertiary health service were explored using a Gadamerian philosophical hermeneutic approach.

Method
Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted in 2021 and provided nurses with the opportunity to share their experiences of using the New Zealand Coaching and Mentoring Model of peer group supervision. The study included a total of 31 nurse participants across multiple community health contexts. Interview data were analysed using a hermeneutic approach from which themes arose.

Findings
The findings demonstrated that strong peer group supervision foundations that include personal and professional preparation and active participation are essential. Dual pillars of “the unique individual” and “the unique group” with responsibilities identified in each pillar that enable interactions and worthiness in peer group supervision practice. The foundations and pillars support peer group supervision in nursing practice to provide a mechanism for reflection, support and professional guidance.

Conclusions
Peer group supervision is a worthy, contributory process in community health nursing when implementation processes are supported and teams are educated and prepared. Perceptions of peer group supervision are unique and varied across individuals. The individual experience has an impact on the group experience and vice versa. Knowledge of the process and group by participants is required to enable professional reflection through nursing peer group supervision.

KeywordsClinical supervision; Experiences; Gadamer; Nurse; Peer group supervision
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This article is part of a UniSQ Thesis by publication. See Related Output.

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
Centre for Health Research
School of Psychology and Wellbeing
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