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Revalidation case study: what's it like to revalidate?


Angela Paul, a learning disability nurse, recently went through the revalidation process with the NMC

I have worked in nursing for a very long time, about 15 years now. I’m a worrier so when I received my notice to revalidate I did my homework and I’ve just had my application signed off which feels great.

The sites and templates available online have been helpful and have made the process easier.

”I’m not very computer savvy but it was very simple”

I’m not very computer savvy but it was very simple. The NMC website was definitely my main point for information, everything you need is on there and it’s been divided into sections so it’s easy to cover and follow.

I had done something similar in the past. I use to write reflections every now and again throughout my career and the revalidation process is asking me to do the same thing.

The reflective work is a really good way to get you thinking again, questioning yourself more and considering all the possible outcomes and solutions to the different tasks at work. I found I started speaking to my colleagues more, discussing new ideas that we may have thought of. They mainly provided verbal feedback but the process has us thinking in the same way and I was fortunate because I had recently attended a few programmes so I had my feedback ready.

”I feel the process is now more professional”

I feel the process is now more professional, you have a target to reach whereas before you didn’t really elaborate. It’s a positive thing really.

My confirmer was very patient and helpful. It’s very difficult when you don’t know them very well but she organised a revalidation day where she explained the process and requirements to everybody who will be revalidating soon so we all understood what we had to do and it didn’t take very long to complete because I had all the information I needed.

Next time it will definitely be even easier because I now know what to do.

A few tips for other nurses would be if you are going to refer to hand written work, make sure you can read it and don’t rely on getting contact details from other people. Keep a clean tidy record of everything you need. If you can start early it makes all the difference, the system allows you to carry on from where you left off saving you time.

Angela Paul is a learning disability nurse in the private healthcare sector


This article is in no way affiliated or influenced by the NMC and the opinions given are Angela’s own. We appreciate some nurses may have different experiences of revalidating and we are more than happy to publish differing opinions.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • sounds more like a tick box exercise than improving your skills.

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  • Does anyone believe that disclaimer at the bottom?

    All sounds like poppycock to me.

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  • Ditto to both of the above.

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