Mentoring and Clinical Supervision in Nursing Practice
Although there is a growing concern regarding the frustration related to today’s nursing environment, an attitude change is enough to beget drastic changes in the status of healthcare nursing. This is the time of rapid and phenomenal changes in the pattern of healthcare delivery mainly due to advancement in technology and progressive development of the cult of increasing application of research to accomplish evidence-based care (Mills, J.E., Francis, K.L., and Bonner, A., 2005). Despite the problem apparently is crucial, the solution to issues in the nursing work environment and nursing practice parallels it since the nurses have the opportunity to use the power that already exists in the role of bedside nurses, and that role is that of mentoring that involves clinical supervision in implementing the practice. Through mentoring, the nurses can continue to create a common bond, feelings of acceptance, and a sense of loyalty within the profession (Browne-Ferrigno, T. and Muth, R., 2004).
Mentoring and clinical supervision are critical in nursing. The nurses are constantly faced with the daily challenge of providing care in a setting characterized by increased patient acuity, inadequate staffing, and sparse resources. These conditions leave little time for providing leadership and patience, sharing experiences with a new nurse, and thus building and trusting relationships required for the mentoring process. Despite the current hectic environment, nurses must take the time to mentor and supervise juniors (Yegdich, T., 2000). Taking the example of critical care nursing that involves sound knowledge of instruments, gadgets, medicines, and the physiology of life, one can easily assume that .experienced critical care nurses have a knowledge base of vast clinical expertise, and in that clinical area, nothing happens outside evidence-based practice.