Nurses working in advanced roles are being encouraged to join a credentialing scheme that is being launched by the Royal College of Nursing to provide them with “much-needed” recognition and to boost their career prospects.
As reported by Nursing Times last month, the voluntary scheme will be piloted by a group of nurses this year and will be rolled out in the spring. It marks the first time a register with standards required for the role has been set up in the UK.
To become accredited, nurses working at an advanced level of practice will have to demonstrate their experience, qualifications and competence to a group of expert assessors.
They will be required to have a relevant master’s qualification, be able to carry out non-medical prescribing and have an active membership with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
However, the RCN said it will look at temporary arrangements for nurses who are already working at advanced level but do not have a master’s degree or prescribing qualification.
Nurses who are successful in joining the scheme will be included on a register, and will also receive a badge and certificate.
“Nursing is constantly developing and changing and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt”
Nurses will have to pay to be a part of the register – which will be open to non-RCN members and those working in both the NHS and independent sector – and membership renewal will be required every three years.
The RCN said its credentialing programme would provide nurses working at an advanced level of practice with “much-needed” recognition for their education, experience and competence, while also enhancing their career prospects.
Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “The RCN is nursing’s professional body and we take seriously our commitment to value, promote and enhance the profession.
“Nursing is constantly developing and changing and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt to this and recognise the new, complex roles which are emerging,” she said.
“This programme will use the RCN’s expertise and unparalleled knowledge of the profession to help nurses develop their careers, and give patients and employers confidence in the continuing development of their nursing staff,” she added.