Feedback and supervision

Some qualities associated with an effective supervisory relationship include the following:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Empathy
  • Trust
  • Support
  • Validation
  • Non-judgment
  • Approachability
  • Openness
  • A focus on ethics

Essentially, the goal is to create an environment that is open, non-threatening and supportive. A non-judgmental approach is especially helpful in supervision, letting the student know that mistakes and challenges can be explored and learned from without harsh criticism or ridicule. Providing adequate time for summative supervisory encounters, and preferably in a quiet, private, comfortable space can encourage open communication. Formative feedback can be delivered quickly and throughout the placement; the more often it occurs, the easier and more normalized it will be. [1]

[1] Clynes, M.P., & Raftery, S.E.C. (2008). Feedback: an essential element of student learning in clinical practice. Nurse Education in Practice, 8, 6, 405-411. doi:10.1016/j.nepr.2008.02.003