Let’s face it; we all love a top tip, especially if it helps us with something that we’re not completely familiar with.
Here are some of ours with regards to agency nurse revalidation, but we would love to hear some of yours. If you have some to share, please email us at email@example.com or tweet #AgencyNurseRevalidation and include @Medacs_Health.
Give yourself at least 6 months to complete your revalidation. Remember, it’s not just a case of pulling your paperwork together, you also need to allow the subconscious part of your mind to prepare your reflective pieces.
If your revalidation is drawing closer, get your appointment booked now to sign off your portfolio. Don’t leave it until the last minute. Keep a diary of previous appraisals and when your confirmation is due.
Speak to someone who has undergone the process already. Ask questions and make notes so that you’re clear on what is required. You never know, it might be you providing support for someone else in the near future.
Always link your discussions, reflections, and feedback to the NMC code. Your Appraiser and Confirmer will be looking at how you have connected the two (Prioritise people, Practice effectively, Preserve safety, Promote professionalism and trust).
Keep all of your training certificates in one place and add your reflections to the back of the certificate whilst they’re fresh in your mind. They’ll help when you need to add your reflections to your portfolio.
Don’t just read articles before your revalidation is due; take the time to digest some throughout the year and save them on your computer. It’s also a good idea to make notes as and when you read them so that you can come back to your reflections in the future.
Look out for support groups, forums, and interactive sessions. They’ll often be conducted by senior nurses or revalidation experts that have undergone the process or know it inside out.
Collect feedback from colleagues and people that you have worked with. If you have a good rapport with a patient, ask them for some feedback, but always get consent first.
Take part in questionnaires and surveys as and when they come up. Have your say in ways of improving future processes.
Last but not least, enjoy it! It’s a huge boost to the nursing community and a chance to show just how amazing agency nurses are!
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