Nurse revalidation can feel like a huge time-consuming task but follow these simple tips and it will become much more manageable.
Quit the ostrich impersonation
Revalidation begins in April 2016. You will need to engage with revalidation – there is no way around it – unless you want to give up your nurse registration. So don’t stick your head in the sand. Embrace it.
Don’t build it into something it is not
The process of revalidation is not as big as you think. It’s a pooch, not an elephant. It’s not a huge thundering thing that will break down the walls of your living room. It is actually more like a domestic pet.
You can tame it and manage it quite easily. Register with NMC online as your first step.
Find out what you need to do
Stop looking for Colonel Mustard in the library. There is no mystery in revalidation. It is simply an extension of the PREP requirements. So it’s the same 35 hours Of CPD with 20 hours being participatory ie in a group. Five reflective accounts. Five pieces of practice-related feedback. A reflective discussion with an NMC registrant and sign off from a confirmer. It is all detailed in the NMC guidance.
Don’t develop feedback fear
Anecdotal reports suggest that nurses are most worried about the revalidation requirement of gathering five pieces of practice-related feedback. But be aware that feedback can come in all different shapes and sizes. It can come from patients, colleagues, managers. It can be verbal, cards, notes, surveys, an audit. It can range from a thank you card from a patient to a 70-page report about the organisation where you work. The variety makes it easy to gather.
You don’t need to learn how to reflect. You already know
The nurses that have gone through revalidation in the pilot have found it to be easier and more enjoyable than expected. In particular they enjoyed doing the five reflective accounts. Reflection is something that nurses do all the time.
Most days you will think about care that you have delivered. How you could have done it differently? Reflective accounts are simply a writing down of that process.
Get your ducks in a row
Revalidation is made easier if you start well ahead of time. You can fill in your online application 60 days before your revalidation date. And you can of course complete your revalidation activities across the three years. Confirmation can take place in the final year before revalidation.
The process is made easier by using the Nursing Times Learning Passport where you can store your CPD, reflective accounts and feedback. Go to nursingtimes.net/nt-learning to find the passport as well as high-quality online learning to use for your CPD.
Stop putting it off
The theory is that the more you turn down a task the more difficult it is to do that task as it just becomes bigger and bigger in your head. So if you keep turning down registering online with the NMC or finding out what the requirements are: do it today. Not tomorrow! It has to be today otherwise you will keep putting if off.
Share your experiences with other
Don’t treat revalidation as a secret. It is a subject that is best discussed and shared with your colleagues. You can share experiences and how you are getting on. With your work buddies, with your teams, with your manager. Sharing will be helpful to both you and them.
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