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All nurses and midwives should have the opportunity to receive Clinical Supervision. But what is it?

For nurses and midwives who are not familiar with the concept, Clinical Supervision is a process which provides YOU with a safe and confidential space to regularly reflect on your workplace issues, relationships and boundaries.

Clinical supervision is a formal process that aids supported reflection. It is one tool underutilised by nurses and midwives to support and enable reflection. Clinical supervision is a process of professional support and learning in which nurses and midwives are assisted to develop their practice through regular time spent in reflective discussion with experienced and knowledgeable colleagues trained in providing clinical supervision.
 
In 2019 the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses, Australian College of Midwives, Australian College of Nursing, released a
joint position statement recommending clinical supervision for all nurses and midwives irrespective of their specific role, area of practice and years of experience. The key statement in the position statement outlines:
“There is consistent evidence that effective Clinical Supervision impacts positively on the professional development as well as the health and wellbeing of supervisees. The health and wellbeing of nurses and midwives is vital for recruitment and retention and ultimately a healthy and sustainable workforce.”

It’s definitely on the agenda for nursing and midwifery colleges and unions, and we encourage you to learn more about the value of it and how it can BENEFIT and SUPPORT YOU.

A good way to start, is to go to the Australian Clinical Supervision Association (ACSA) website at http://clinicalsupervision.org.au/

This ANMJ article on 'The value of clinical supervision in nursing and midwifery' is also an interesting read.

Our NMHPV team sends gratitude and appreciation to all of our Clinical Supervisors – we could not do it without you!

Lessons from lockdown - What would you do differently if you were locked down again?

Aah, the beauty of hindsight! Most of us now know, or at least have more of an idea, about what works and what doesn’t in relation to living in lockdown.

We were juggling work and home, and possibly juggling work and home schooling, figuring out how to stop the goggles fogging up, trying to re-hydrate and keep the skin reasonably intact, and of course the online shopping – how much toilet paper does one really need?!

We’ve also learned more about ourselves; our self-care, signs of burn out, compassion fatigue, exhaustion and recovery.

We’re encouraging every nurse and midwife to reflect on exactly what did and didn’t help as you worked and lived through the pandemic restrictions.

We ask you to put some thought into what you’ll do differently if we should ever have to go through lockdown again.

So please, take some time just to think about it and what you’d need to have in place and what you’d do to look after yourself.

Chief Midwifery and Nursing Officer, Professor Alison McMillan's statement about nurses' key role in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Now, once again, our nurses are stepping up. They’ll be among the first Australians to get vaccinated. People who need protection the most will get the Pfizer-BioNTech jab first – our aged care and disability care residents and workers, healthcare workers, and quarantine and border workers. The Government’s priority is to protect our most vulnerable Australians, and the frontline heroes who are protecting all of us. Our nurses are integral to this group.

But not only are they among the first ones to get vaccinated. They are then in turn going to play a key role in vaccinating everyone else.

A ready and capable immunisation workforce will be critical to the success of the vaccination rollout. And our nurses are certainly both ready and capable. They will be administering the vaccines efficiently, effectively and safely, particularly to our priority groups, including in aged care.

It often surprises people that nurses are the largest group in our health workforce. In 2019, there were more than 330,000 registered nurses in Australia.

So, they are a most valuable resource – one which the Government strongly supports and relies upon – and one which the Australian community can also rely on as the vaccine rollout progresses this year.

Read the full statement published on 1st February 2021 here.

Royal Commission Reports Recently Released
Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System Final Report
Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety Final Report

We recognise that a number of our Victorian colleagues may be feeling some stress or angst around the contents of these two recently released reports.

In light of this, we want to remind all of our Victorian colleagues that if either of these reports brings up any concerns for you or impacts you in any way, we are here to support you.

Please reach out and call us on 9415 7551 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email admin@nmhp.org.au or visit www.nmhp.org.au

Upcoming Events
ACN Nursing & Health Virtual Expo
Saturday 24th April from 8:30am to 2:30pm
There will be a wealth of products and services on show as well as practical take-home advice and skills in a series of complimentary educational seminars. Entry is free! 
NMHPV will have a virtual booth at this event. Register here
NMHPV & ANMF Nurses and Midwives Wellness Conference 2021
Friday 7th May from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Placing your wellness firmly on the agenda, this conference will explore practical ideas, methods and concepts which can be used to promote positive health and wellbeing for you, your families and those in your professional life. Register here
Self-care resources
COVID-19 Support & Resources
The stress of working and living within a health pandemic is exhausting. Support, tools and resources for Victorian nurses and midwives at the frontline of COVID-19 can be found here
Webinar Episode 2 
Rob Gordon shares his knowledge on how to successfully understand and manage the stress response and trauma many have faced and may continue to experience in the weeks and months ahead.
Fatigue Management

Topics covered include these and more:

  • Circadian rhythm and sleep cycle
  • Sources of fatigue and further effects
  • Working under conditions of fatigue
  • Shift work and working at night
  • Driving, drugs and diets
We are here for Victorian nurses, midwives, nursing and midwifery students, and personal care workers working in residential aged care during COVID-19. So please reach out and call us on 9415 7551 between 8.30am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday or email admin@nmhp.org.au or visit www.nmhp.org.au
 
CONTACT NMHPV TODAY
Nurse & Midwife Support is available 24/7 Australia wide on 1800 667 877 or visit www.nmsupport.org.au  It's anonymous, confidential and free for nurses, midwives and students and anyone concerned about the welfare of a nurse or a midwife.
Please donate and help us support the health and wellbeing of Victorian nurses and midwives. Thank you for your support!
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