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Speak up about revalidation, or forever hold your peace

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Only a couple of decades ago you could, in theory, qualify as a nurse and spend 40 years in the profession without undertaking any form of study or updating. And while examples of nurses who did that may be few and far between I’m long enough in the tooth to remember the introduction of PREP in the 1990s, and I know a few did exist.

“I’ve been nursing for over 30 years and never needed to do any more studying, so I don’t see why I should start now,” one nurse told me furiously when I visited her hospital to canvass opinions on what kind of support nurses might need in fulfilling their forthcoming PREP requirements. She then proceeded to give full vent to her feelings about “reflective claptrap” and “clever-clever nurses” who “went on” about this article or that new technique. That nurse was an extreme example, but at the time mandatory CPD did seem pretty radical.

It’s no secret that PREP hasn’t been fit for purpose for some time. Early promises to audit individual professional portfolios fell by the wayside, and currently there is no system of checking NMC registrants have fulfilled their CPD or practice requirements. But that’s set to change, and you have a chance to influence what comes next.

The NMC has initiated a six-month consultation on revalidation, and is inviting all interested parties to give their views via an online survey. Anyone can give their views, and whether or not nurses and midwives take part in the consultation you can bet your bottom dollar that many of your most strident critics will.

It will be impossible to come up with a revalidation system that pleases all of the people all of the time. However, we can only hope the NMC do better than the General Medical Council appears to have done, according to a survey by and come up an effective system that takes account of the realities of day-to-day nursing and midwifery practice.

I can’t promise you that completing the survey will result in the perfect revalidation system, but if you don’t, you can’t complain if you don’t like what’s imposed.

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  • What happens when the department does not train or educate staff?

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  • Anonymous

    I believe reflection and CPD is very important and revalidation will set who needs more support than others in nursing practice. I think us as nurses need to be retrained like elearning on different ways to reflect as gibbs and johns models that were are told to use as a student some people like myself don't get on with. I like to use a case study approach and questioning myself on what i could differently or better. I think nurses need to be more accountable and I have seen alot in practice mainly with agency nurses.

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  • Anonymous

    much practical knowledge and skill is learnt through experience on the job, in fact most of it but who wants to be nursed by somebody who does not keep her theoretical knowledge up to date and continue to develop all the new and relevant skills as they come into practice as well as passing on these abilities to others. to think otherwise seriously compromises the quality of care and safety of patients as well as badly letting down colleagues and short changing employers.

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