Clinical supervision - enquiry of what happens in the USA

  1. I am currently undertaking a study in the UK and was wanting to find out what happens in the USA regards clinical supervision. Does every nurse undertake clinical supervision? Or does it depend on the field of nursing? Is it endorsed by your governing bodies, or is it optional? I would be really grateful of any information anyone can provide me with. I am referring particularly to post-registration.

    thank you

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  3. by   NRSKarenRN

    Each state in the US has a State Board of Nursing that sets the minimal standards for Nursing Education and licensure. To my knowledge, in order to obtain initial licensure as a RN or LPN, all schools are required to to have clinical supervision as part of their education; amount of hours vary state to state. In the US all RN and LPN/LVN nursing students study Medical-Surgical nursing, Maternal-Child health, Pediatrics and Psychiatric Nusing as part of initial education. Community/ Public health nursing is added to RN Curriculum.

    Try contacting the National Council of State Boards of Nursing They should be able to help you.

    Checked my state 's PA SBON web site:

    21.81. General curriculum requirements.
    (a) The curriculum shall be developed, implemented and evaluated by the faculty and shall implement the philosophy and objectives of the school.

    (b) The curriculum shall be organized and developed to include the knowledge, attitudes, skills and abilities necessary for the specific levels of student achievement.

    (c) Physical and biological sciences shall include content from the areas of anatomy and physiology, chemistry, microbiology, physics and nutrition, which may be integrated, combined or presented as separate courses; the scientific facts and principles drawn from these areas serve as a basis for planning and implementing nursing care. When the basic sciences are presented as distinct academic courses--that is, chemistry, anatomy and physiology and microbiology--there shall be a related laboratory experience. A related laboratory experience is defined as an assigned period of time during which students participate in the testing of scientific principles.

    (d) Selected courses shall be included in the humanities and social and behavioral sciences that support the philosophy, purposes, educational concepts and terminal objectives of the program.

    (e) The curriculum shall provide concurrent theory and clinical experience in the care of men, women and children in age groups and with the health problems characteristic of each group. Experiences shall be provided which include preventive aspects of nursing care during acute and chronic illness and rehabilitative care. Opportunities shall be provided for the student to participate in case findings, health teaching and health counseling for patients and their families. Evening and night assignments are considered part of the curriculum only in terms of the objectives to be achieved and if faculty supervision is provided.

    (f) Content related to history, trends and professional responsibilities of nursing may be integrated, combined or taught as separate courses.

    (g) The Board encourages curriculum experimentation designed to replicate or validate educational theories or to promote open-ended career development

    Hope this helps.
    Karen O'Hara RN, BSN

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