Right now, there’s a sense of panic within the nursing community with the thought of revalidation lingering.
“What do I have to do? Is anyone going to help me? How will I get the time to collect all of the evidence?”
Those of you who have been a registered nurse for many years may feel a little more comfortable at the thought of revalidation. You’re likely to already have a process of storing and evidencing your practice and development for appraisals and registration renewal, but for the newly registered nurse, there could be a touch of trepidation and fear.
For that reason, we’ve decided to interview someone who has recently undergone the process within the NMC revalidation pilot.
Sarah - a Paediatric Nurse, gives us her views on revalidation before, during and after the process:
How did you feel before the revalidation process?
“I was apprehensive and felt a little bit negative. It was another task to add to my workload and I didn't know if I'd have enough time to complete the process with work being so busy.
Once I realised I was in the revalidation pilot for certain I was anxious, but I had no need to be. The process was rolled out with precision and it was well managed by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
The NMC also provided local study sessions and their website was a great resource. I would recommend it to anyone”
How do you feel after the revalidation process?
“I have to admit, I am very relieved to have it completed, but collecting the required criteria was less daunting and took less time than I originally expected.
I’m finding that I’m now reflecting more in practice and on study days and I’m taking the time to write down those reflections as I go for future evidence.
Overall, I feel that revalidation is a more thorough and professional process than PREP was.”
Do you have any tips for nurses who are preparing for revalidation?
“Register with the NMC online, the resources are invaluable.
Make sure that you’re keeping a diary of the hours worked and file away all of your payslips for future reference.
Finally, allow yourself plenty of time to prepare for revalidation. If you spread it out within the 3 years, you won’t have to run around last minute in a panic.”
What did you learn from the process?
“Not to panic! It’s really not as overwhelming as you imagine it to be.
It’s increased my awareness and has helped me to improve my reflective writing. I now continually add reflective accounts of my clinical practice and recommend that others start to do the same, before their revalidation arrives.”