RCN reveals further details of accreditation scheme for nurses working at an advanced level of practice

The RCN has revealed further details of its accreditation scheme for nurses working at an advanced level of practice.
RCN reveals accreditation scheme

The RCN has revealed further details of a new programme offering accreditation to nurses working at an advanced level of practice.

Nursing Standard revealed last month that the college was to launch an advanced practice 'credentialing' programme to help develop a formal recognition of high-quality, advanced-level nursing practice.

It is hoped that the RCN credentialing for advanced level nursing practice (ALNP) will provide nurses working at an advanced level much-needed recognition for their education, experience and competence, and ensure patients are confident in their nurse’s expertise and experience. 

It is also hoped the programme will enhance nurses’ career prospects.

Next-year roll out 

The programme will be piloted this year, by a group of nurses qualified in advanced practice, before being rolled out in 2017.

To attain a credential in advanced practice, nurses will need to demonstrate their experience, qualifications and competence to a group of expert assessors. Successful nurses will receive a badge and certificate and be included on a register.

RCN chief executive Janet Davies said: ‘The RCN is nursing’s professional body and we take seriously our commitment to value, promote and enhance the profession.

‘Nursing is constantly developing and changing, and the RCN’s credentialing programme will help the profession to adapt to this and recognise the new, complex roles which are emerging.

Developing careers

‘This programme will use the RCN’s expertise and unparalleled knowledge of the profession to help nurses develop their careers and give patients and employers confidence in the continuing development of their nursing staff.’

RCN associate consultant Karen Lynas, who is supporting the credentialing project, told Nursing Standard last month that nurses who wanted accreditation would need a master’s degree and prescribing ability.

‘We are working with ANPs, accredited universities and employers to explore how we support those who have advanced practice, but do not fulfil these criteria to have their experience recognised,’ she said.

Ms Lynas added it was likely accredited ANPs would have to ‘re-credential’ every three years to demonstrate continuing practice.

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