Book review: Revalidation: A Journey for Nurses and Midwives

Professional development and revalidation lead nurse Carolyn Middleton reviews Revalidation: A Journey for Nurses and Midwives

Revalidation: A Journey for Nurses and Midwives

Marianne Fairley-Murdoch and Paula Ingram

McGraw Hill Education

 £19.99 | 224pp |

ISBN: 9780335261420  

The introductory chapter lacks focus. The chapters on CPD, feedback, reflection, reflective discussion and confirmation are informative and well structured. Excellent examples of CPD and feedback are provided, although the feedback section lacks clear guidance in linking to the Code. Reflection is demystified and key components highlighted. Models of reflection are explored, but detail of the NMC reflective form as a simple model/framework is scanty. All sections are clearly underpinned by theory.

Reflective discussion and confirmation chapters outline registrant and employer’s roles and responsibilities, signpost to other supporting material and provide useful annual appraisal links. More detail incorporating the Code into reflective discussion would be welcomed.

The level of underpinning theory, although useful to some readers, may be too detailed for registrants looking only for revalidation guidance. Conversely the practice hours section – including multiple registrations – could be expanded and there is no detail on submission processes. The portfolio and confidentiality sections may be useful earlier in the book.

Despite this, I would recommend this book to registrants wanting a comprehensive understanding of revalidation.

Reviewed by Carolyn Middleton, professional development and revalidation lead nurse, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Wales

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