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Nurse Educ Today. 2015 Jun;35(6):740-5. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2015.02.003. Epub 2015 Feb 14.

Supporting nursing student supervision: An assessment of an innovative approach to supervisor support.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University, PO Box 1071, Narre Warren, Vic 3805, Australia. Electronic address:
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Flinders University, GPO Box 852, Renmark, SA 5341, Australia. Electronic address:


The responsibility for clinical supervision is recognised by both the nursing literature and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, through an expectation that RNs will provide support and facilitate student learning in the clinical environment (Atack et al., 2000; Gray and Smith, 2000; Brammer, 2005; Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, 2006; Hallin and Danielson, 2008). RNs identify with and acknowledge the need for the supervisory role and are willing participants however, request strategies to guide and support students in the clinical environment (Bourbonnais and Kerr, 2007; Hallin and Danielson, 2008).


The aim of this study was to provide a means of support to clinical supervisors of nursing students through a computer-based clinical supervisor educational package (CSEP) and to test the effectiveness of the CSEP.


The effectiveness of the CSEP was determined by a pre-test-post-test evaluation sheet that included open and Likert scale questions.


4 regional hospitals in South Australia, Australia.


28 participants completed the questionnaire on their experience with the CSEP.


Analysis of quantitative data utilised non-parametric testing with SPSS version 20. A Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test was performed on the Likert scale questions to establish any significant difference between the pre- and post-tests. The responses to the open-ended questions were thematically analysed separately by the two authors. The themes were then amalgamated. The results were then compared to find similarities or differences.


The CSEP is an effective education package in promoting increased preparedness to supervise and increased confidence to promote learning.


Clinical supervisor; Education package; Nurse; Registered nurse; Undergraduate nursing student

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