Summary

The learning package sits within the boundaries of the HWA National Clinical Supervision Support Framework which is located on the HWA website: http://www.hwa.gov.au/publications.

HWA have just recently released the National Clinical Supervision Competency Resourcewhich outline the roles and responsibilities at a foundational, intermediate and advanced level supervisor. This can be accessed via the hyperlink above. All health professionals responsible for the supervision of learners should become familiar with this document and reflect upon where they are situated within the structure outlined.

This learning package provides foundational level knowledge required of a clinical supervisor / preceptor in the healthcare environment.  Whereby it is accepted that every competent health practitioner has a professional responsibility to undertake supervision activities, this package aims to further expand your capability to supervise and engage with learners.

The content of this package is intentionally generic and is appropriately positioned to inform all health disciplines. It is however the responsibility of each practitioner to have an awareness of their discipline specific competency standards and understand how these standards may be applied to undergraduate student activity in their workplace.

Further information relating to Supervision Support activities within Tasmania is available from the TCEN website: http://www.tcen.com.au/

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) School of Nursing and Midwifery (SNM) have some very useful tools on their website that guide supervisors / preceptors when performing their role:

Appendix 1:  Situation, Action, Outcome form – this is an assessment tool used during student nursing placement to help direct the student towards critical thinking. UTAS SNM has provided a completed SAO form to help guide your writing.

Appendix 2: Clinical supervisor / Preceptor evaluation tool – To help inform and further develop your role as a clinical supervisor / preceptor we are encouraging you to seek feedback from your student. This form is to be completed at the end of a student placement and retained as part of your personal portfolio.

Appendix 3: Feedback template – This tool was developed by the UTAS SNM as a tool to identify areas for competency development. It is very useful when guiding a struggling student but is also useful to help guide feedback sessions.

This information is available from the following link: http://www.utas.edu.au/nursing-midwifery/professional-experience-program/preceptors