Opinion

The wisdom that comes from revalidation

Mark Kelly muses on the benefits of self-examination and what can really be taken from feedback

Mark Kelly muses on the benefits of self-examination and what can really be taken from feedback.

So, revalidation arrived and a cloud of doom descended upon hapless nurses. A disconcerting unease threatened our equilibrium as a flurry of updates were delivered by practice champions and a mountain of documents were circulated in a frenzy to goad us into reflective action.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) innovation felt as welcome as a tarantula laying eggs in your ears. Visualise the death stare of our already overburdened managers as we struggled to deliver evidence to meet the specified criteria at the 11 th hour.

Night sweats, panic and hysteria abounded, nightmares in which the NMC committee convenes to eradicate us from the register for our efforts at recording our

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