As part of your revalidation application, you will be required to provide five reflective accounts and complete one reflective discussion. Reflective account requests made by your placement or agency may require you to write an account following an incident or complaint.
The reflective requirement of the process encourages you as a nurse (or midwife) to reflect on your practice so that it is easier to identify changes or improvements on your practice or on what you have learnt. You will also need to evidence that you have thought about how this relates to the Code and document this as part of your reflective account.
As long as it relates to your practice as a nurse, you can reflect on it. Here are some examples of what you can use:
It is important to omit any details that may easily identify an individual, service user or patient, especially if the event is unusual. It is also recommended that you don’t use exact dates. Instead, simply refer to the month and the year (e.g. January 2019).
The good news is that there are many ways to create a reflective account. It can be produced online or in handwritten form.
Here are the recommended steps to take when writing a reflective account:
Here are some examples of statements that could be used depending on the situation:
Recognising that you could improve:
Observing a positive action of your own:
When an event occurred through no wrongdoing of your own:
Before you submit your revalidation application, you will need to have a reflective discussion with another NMC registered nurse regarding your accounts. Once they are happy that you have correctly recorded and reflected your five pieces, they will sign a copy of the mandatory Reflective Discussion NMC form.
It’s important to note that you will not need to submit your reflective accounts as part of your revalidation application. You should, however, keep a record for future reference or in case you are included as part of the NMC random sample and asked to provide evidence.
If you are interested in finding out more about the reflection process, what revalidation is or how to revalidate as an agency nurse, please contact our nursing team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please complete the form below:
Previous: The Importance of Community Nurses
Medacs Healthcare Continues Work with Cavell Nurses’ Trust
COVID-19 Testing Guidance for Essential Workers
Reflecting on a Global Pandemic - A Month in the Life of a COVID-19 Agency Nurse
Five Steps to Improving Your Mental Wellbeing