Welcome to Nursing Times Learning
From April 2016, nurses and midwives will need to complete a range of professional development activities every three years in order to remain on the NMC register. This is to comply with a new system of nurse revalidation, being introduced by the NMC. The activities are:
- 40 hours of CPD over three years
- At least five pieces of practice-related feedback
- At least five pieces written reflections on the new revised Code, your CPD and practice-related feedback
- 450 practice hours over three years
It is recommended that you keep evidence of your revalidation activities in a portfolio. Nursing Times Learning helps you to prepare for revalidation by providing high-quality online CPD, and a Learning Passport for you to store all your revalidation evidence.
How to start learning:
Step 1: Log into Nursing Times
Step 2: If you're logged in, step 3 will appear below.
What's included in Nursing Times Learning?
- An expanding collection of peer-reviewed online learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing care.
- Personalised certificates for each learning unit you complete.
- A Learning Passport to record all your revalidation activities and store certificates and other evidence.
- Nursing Times Learning works on all devices, adapting to fit whatever your screen size.
My Learning Passport
How to record evidence in the Learning Passport
How to complete an online learning unit
Full List of Online Learning Units
- Catheter care
- Clinical record-keeping
- Constipation: assessment and treatment
- Preventing Dehydration
- Dementia, delirium and depression
- Diarrhoea: assessment and management
- Discharge planning: getting it right for the patient
- Drug calculations in practice
- End-of-life care
- Falls prevention and management
- Liver disease: risk factors and treatment
- Nutrition screening
- Patient isolation: transmission-based precautions
- Pressure ulcer prevention
- Type 2 Diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management
- Venous thromboembolism prevention
Questions about Nursing Times Learning
What is Nursing Times Learning?
Nursing Times Learning aims to support your CPD and improve the consistency, quality and delivery of patient care. Our package offers online learning units on fundamental aspects of nursing care, written and reviewed by experts, and many supported and endorsed by specialist organisations.
The units consists of an evidence-based review with links to key documents and guidance, case scenarios to help you apply your learning to practice, and multiple-choice assessments to test your knowledge before and after working through the unit. On successfully completing a learning unit, you can download a personalised certificate to add to your professional portfolio as evidence of your CPD.
We have also developed a Learning Passport which provides an online space to upload all of your CPD activities. You can plan, timetable and record events and activities which count towards your CPD requirements (i.e. reflective practice, online learning units) and provide evidence to your manager for appraisal and career advancement purposes.
Is Nursing Times Learning relevant to me?
If you are a registered nurse or a midwife due to revalidate you will benefit from Nursing Times Learning. Nursing Times Learning is designed to demonstrate that you are keeping up to date and actively maintaining your fitness to practise throughout your career.
Nursing Times Learning can be used as part of your required CPD, and to demonstrate to your manager or potential employers that you take your CPD seriously.
Do I have access to Nursing Times Learning?
You can use Nursing Times Learning free of charge if you subscribe to Nursing Times or Student Nursing Times or if your organisation has purchased Group Access to Nursing Times. A subscription involves a range of benefits, including access to Nursing Times Learning and our clinical archive. For more information, see our subscription page.
Non-subscribers who are registered users of nursingtimes.net can access a limited number of units free of charge. You will be able to see a free list of learning units on the Nursing Times Learning homepage.
Where can I access the learning units?
Once registered on nursingtimes.net you can to sign in wherever you have an internet connection.
Why can't I access Nursing Times Learning on my Internet Explorer browser?
Nursing Times Learning is not compatible with Internet Explorer 7 or any older versions so you will need to update your browser or use a different one. Nursing Times Learning works on all other browsers, including lnternet Explorer from version 8, Firefox and Chrome. All can be downloaded free of charge.
What devices can I use to access Nursing Times Learning?
Nursing Times Learning works on all devices, adapting to fit whatever your screen size. That means you can use it anywhere with internet access, on your smartphone, desktop or laptop computer, or tablet device at your own pace and convenience.
What if I forget my password?
If you cannot remember your password, go to nursingtimes.net, click ‘Sign in', then click on the ‘forgotten password?' link.
Fill in the email address you used to register and we will send your password to that address. If you don't appear to receive the email, remember to check your ‘Junk' or "Spam" folders, as your system may mistakenly place the message in there.
If you are still experiencing issues logging in, please contact our customer services team at email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone: +44 (0)20 3033 2626 (Monday to Friday 9:00-17:00)
Can I get my employer to pay?
This depends on your employer, so speak to your line manager. Your organisation may prepared to pay for learning on your behalf and either allow you to use the organisation/company credit/debit card, or allow you to claim the cost back.
We also offer free access to all nurses working for organisations with a group access subscription for to Nursing Times. To find out more about group access, email email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3033 2868.
How long will my subscription last?
Your subscription to the learning units and Nursing Times will last one year however, if your organisation has purchased a Group Access subscription it may last for more than one year.
What happens to my revalidation evidence if my subscription lapses?
If you do not renew your subscription or your employer does not renew its Group Access subscription you will be able to access certificates for completed Nursing Times Learning units and evidence in your Learning Passport but will not be able to add new evidence.
If your employer purchased a Group Access subscription but you move to another organisation without Group Access you can access evidence in your Learning Passport but will need to take out a personal subscription to add new evidence or access Nursing Times Learning units.
Am I able to purchase a subscription for my organisation?
Yes. For subscription rates for more than 10 people, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44 (0)20 3033 2868.
I am not from the UK. How do I subscribe to Nursing Times?
We offer international subscription prices for Nursing Times. To see all our offers please click here.
For subscription rates for more than 10 people, please contact email@example.com or telephone +44 (0)20 3033 2868.
Questions about Nursing Times Learning units
What's in a Nursing Times Learning unit?
Nursing Times Learning online units comprise:
- Clear learning objectives: Set out what you can expect to learn from a unit.
- Evidence review: Reviews the unit topic, with links to key documents and guidance.
- Multiple-choice assessments: These assessments test your knowledge before and after you work through the unit, to see how much you've learnt.
- Case scenarios: Linked directly to everyday situations and clinical practice, the scenarios test your knowledge and help you to apply it to your practice.
- References and resources: References include live links to key documents and further reading so that you can explore each topic in more detail. Key documents are stored as PDFs in unit resource folders for you to refer to.
- Personalised certificates: If you complete the unit and pass your final assessment you can download a personalised certificate detailing your CPD hours, assessment score and the learning objectives you have achieved, to store in your Learning Passport.
- Reflection templates: Available to download if you want to undertake a reflection on a learning unit to add to the evidence in your Learning Passport.
You can retake units at any time to increase your score or to refresh your knowledge.
Am I able to stop a learning unit midway through and finish it later?
Yes. As soon as you begin a Nursing Times Learning unit it is added to your Learning Passport. From here, you can continue and complete the unit at your own pace, and can exit the unit to complete it later. We recommend that you complete the section you are working on before exiting so that you know where you left off.
If you have further questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long does a learning unit take to complete?
Everyone learns at a different pace, but on average it takes 2 hours to complete a learning unit if you also look at relevant sections of key documents. If you want to add to your revalidation you can download a Reflection template and consider how you can use your learning to improve your practice.
How do I find out when a new learning unit is published?
If you sign up to our Nursing Times Learning newsletter, you will be notified when a new learning unit is published or an existing one is updated. If you are a Group Access user, you may receive notification as part of this service. We will also keep you informed via nursingtimes.net, Twitter (follow @NTLearning) and our Facebook page.
How do I print my certificate?
When you complete a learning unit and pass the final assessment you will have the opportunity to download a certificate to print out or store in your Learning Passport. You can view or print your certificate from your Learning Passport at any time.
If you have problems please email email@example.com.
Not many of your units are relevant to me - will you be expanding the programme?
Yes, we are continually developing new units and updating older ones to add to our new system. To find out when new or updated units are launched, please sign up to our Nursing Times Learning newsletter.
I have completed a unit, but the name on my certificate is not mine
Unfortunately, this can happen if you have completed a unit while logged into the system as another person. This can happen if you used a shared device and someone else did not log out of Nursingtimes.net before you used the system. We urge you to check that you are logged in on Nursingtimes.net before you start a unit. You can see this in the top right-hand corner of the web page.
How do I search for a learning unit?
When you have logged into your Learning Passport, you can use the search box at the top right of the page or check the list of units in the right-hand column.
How do I continue a learning unit I have started?
On the start page of a learning unit you have started you will see a "Continue unit" button. This will take you to the point of the unit at which you left.
Can I retake a learning unit?
Yes. On the start page of a learning unit you have completed you will see a "Retake unit" button. By retaking a unit this will reset your score. You cannot retake a unit until at least 48 hours after you have finished your first attempt.
Can I browse a learning unit I have already taken?
Yes. You can look back over the evidence-based review and the case scenarios on any unit you have already taken.
I've just finished a unit. Why won't the system let me do my final assessment?
You cannot undertake the final assessment until you have completed the entire unit, so you may have missed one or more elements. Go into the learning unit and check that the progress bars on each block are complete. If any are incomplete, go into that section and click on the progress bar in that section which will show you which questions or elements you have not completed.
How often is Nursing Times Learning updated?
Nursing Times Learning publishes brand new content on a regular basis. We also review and update units regularly every 18 months. This can occur sooner if there are significant developments in practice or new national guidelines are published. If you see something you think needs changing please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I find a record of all my learning?
All the units you start are automatically added to your Learning Passport.
Questions about Nursing Times Learning Passport
Is information added to my Learning Passport automatically when I start a Nursing Times Learning unit?
When you begin a learning unit on Nursing Times Learning the unit title and the date is automatically recorded in your Learning Passport.
If I take a unit and fail it, what does the progress bar show?
The status bar has three settings: "not started", "in progress", and "completed". It doesn't say whether you have passed or not, but you are only able to print a certificate if you pass.
What happens when I retake a unit?
You can retake a unit as often as you like, but please be aware that once you click "retake unit", your score is erased. You will have to re start the learning unit again to see the unit completed in your Learning Passport and print a certificate.
How do I add an item to my Learning Passport?
For Nursing Times Learning units, any learning unit you start will be automatically added to your passport.
To add your own information to ‘Learning Passport', click the "New item" button (towards the top left of the screen). You have to give the item a title, but everything else can be left or filled in later.
Can I include more activities in my Learning Passport?
Yes, you can. Clicking the "New item" button allows you to manually enter information or upload a file for that item. Examples of what you can include in your Learning Passport include the following:
- 450 practice hours (900 for dual nurse/midwife registrants)
- 40 hours of CPD
- Practice-related feedback
- Written reflections on the new Revised Code, their CPD and practice-related feedback
- A professional development discussion with another NMC registrant covering their reflections on the above
- Profession indemnity arrangement
Are reports from my Learning Passport compatible with other online portfolios?
You can download a spreadsheet (in .csv format, which you can open with Excel or similar software) or a PDF report from your Learning Passport. You can then upload reports to another portfolio.
How do I get a certificate?
You can view or print your certificate by clicking on ‘Unit Completion Certificate' at the end of the learning unit.
The certificate is produced as a PDF so if your computer can download PDFs you will be able to get your certificate. However, if you are having problems please email email@example.com.
Can I create a report of my learning for an appraisal?
Clicking the "Download my Learning Passport as a PDF" button on the top right of the screen on the Learning Passport will allow you to save and download a report.
The report will show whatever information is on your screen when you export. If you'd like a report for a specific date range, select these before you export the report.
Can I transfer my CPD hours from my individual subscription to the Group Access subscription?
Yes you can, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)20 3033 2626 (Monday - Friday 9:00 - 17:00) with your email address and billing details. They will be able to transfer your existing details to your Group Access account and cancel your direct debit.
My organisation has purchased Group Access to Nursing Times but I'm leaving. Can I access the evidence in my Learning Passport to show to my new employer?
Yes, you can. The Learning Passport allows you to access and export the evidence you have already stored in it. However, you cannot add new evidence unless your new employer also has Group Access or you take out an individual subscription.
To export your evidence, click the "Download my Learning Passport as a PDF" button on the top right of the screen on the Learning Passport page.
The report will show whatever information is on your screen when you export. If you'd like a report for a specific date range, select these before you export the report.
Can I use Nursing Times Learning on different devices i.e. iPad, mobile?
Yes, Nursing Times Learning works on all devices, adapting to fit whatever screen size is being used. That means nurses can use it anywhere with internet access, on their smartphone, laptop or tablet device at their own pace and convenience.
I'm a manager - I want to be able to monitor my nurses CPD?
We provide a manager dashboard as part of our Group Access subscription for more than 10 nurses.
The Dashboard enables team managers to quickly and easily keep track of their nurses' CPD; it will display details of the Nursing Times Learning units completed by each nurse, as well as evidence of their other revalidation activities. Senior managers can track the CPD and revalidation activities of nurses across their organisation or to drill down to check individuals requiring additional support or monitoring. Hierarchies can be configured to suit the needs of your organisations.
If you are interested in Group Access email email@example.com or call +44 (0)20 3033 2868.
Free learning units
Type 2 diabetes: prevention, diagnosis and management is supported by an educational grant from Janssen.
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