’Any nurse or midwife would benefit from using this book especially as the new revalidation process is still fairly new to most of the nursing population.’
Authors: Marianne Fairley-Murdoch and Paula Ingranlm
Publisher: Open University Press
Reviewer: Jade Day, A&E Nurse
What was it like?
This book is a great little guide to everything revalidation based. Each chapter will take you through different relevant aspects of revalidation, from who to ask for help to all the different pieces of evidence that must be included. It contains a variety of ideas and provides things such as case studies, examples and thought provoking ideas to help you understand what it is the NMC requires of you and how you can most benefit from it.
What were the highlights?
Chapters include information on adult learning and continuing professional development, what evidence you need and the types of things that are included in this. The chapter on reflection discusses reflective models and how reflection can benefit you alongside it’s necessity for revalidation. Supportive relationships with mentors, coaches, senior nurses and the need for reflective discussion is included and gives great insight into how to make beat use of appraisals. There is also a chapter on how to build and maintain your portfolio.
Strengths and Weaknesses?
The information regarding building and keeping a portfolio is particularly useful as starting this early on helps prevent having to make a fresh one in one go ready for revalidation. It also means you have one handy ready for appraisals, promotions or prospective job interviews. I liked the use of the case studies throughout as these helped give examples and clarify any areas that may be misunderstood in the revalidation process. I felt that some of the heavier theory based parts of the book were not quite as necessary as this feels like more of a practical advice and guidebook than a standard textbook.
Who should read it?
Any nurse or midwife would benefit from using this book especially as the new revalidation process is still fairly new to most of the nursing population. The NVM website provides good information regarding revalidation but this book definitely gives a greater insight into it’s benefits and how best to revalidate successfully.