I am a mental health nurse and trained family therapist with over 40 years’ clinical experience working in public mental health, clinical supervision and education. I believe that regular clinical supervision facilitates slow thinking that supports nurses’ process emotional, ethical and complex aspects of nursing practice. My professional interests include clinical supervision, compassion fatigue, family inclusive practices and professional supports for nurses and midwives.
I completed my psychiatric and general nurse training in Ireland and was first registered in Victoria in 1982. I have experience working in a range of child, adolescent and adult inpatient and community settings as well as early psychosis, family therapy and consultation liaison practice areas. My most recent role was that of a clinical nurse educator providing education, training, group and individual clinical supervision as well as co-designing and facilitating clinical supervision workshops for mental health nurses over many years.
My current role/work
Currently I operate a small private practice providing clinical supervision and workshops
I hold a post graduate diploma of Advanced Clinical Nursing, Mental Health and Master of Clinical Family Therapy.
I have participated in a range of clinical supervision workshops over the years.
Clinical Supervision for Health Care Professionals subject - Post Grad Dip University of Melbourne in 2004
Advanced Clinical supervision Training Module 1, 2 & 3 at Eastern Health in 2004
Supervised Clinical Practice subject -Master of Clinical Family Therapy, The Bouverie Centre La Trobe University in 2007
Clinical Supervision 2 day workshop at Southern Synergy in 2011
Clinical Supervision Training The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University October to December 2019
I have experience participating in individual, group and reflecting team live clinical supervision
My approach to supervision
I consider that clinical supervision is a lifelong learning process fundamental to the professional growth of nurses that will help nourish and sustain them throughout their working lives. I believe that creating a safe predictable reliable space where trust and confidence between supervisor and supervisee can flourish is pivotal in supervision. My strengths focused clinical supervision practice is informed by the needs, goals and clinical context of supervisees. It is also informed by a range of models such as John Driscoll’s ‘What Model’ of structured reflection as well as solution focused and systemic theories. Listening to what is said and unsaid, a stance of curiosity, reflecting on challenges, insights and learnings while attending to the emotional impacts of nursing work are central to my supervision practice.