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Workplace: Organising a learning event

Regular learning events can help you meet the requirements of revalidation, says Zeba Arif 
Zeba Arif

Question: I recently attended an externally organised nursing workshop. I am an RCN representative and would like to organise a similar learning event at my trust. Do you have any advice?

The first step is to make managers aware of your intentions and get them on board. They can advise you about the best time to have the event to ensure a good turnout.

If you have decided on a theme, make sure you line up a guest speaker early. Your motto has to be 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'.

As an accredited trade union representative you are in a great position to ensure such an event is accessible and useful to your colleagues. Inform your regional officer of your plans and find out what assistance is available.

Get your event noticed

It is important to select a suitable venue, taking into account size

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Question: I recently attended an externally organised nursing workshop. I am an RCN representative and would like to organise a similar learning event at my trust. Do you have any advice? 

The first step is to make managers aware of your intentions and get them on board. They can advise you about the best time to have the event to ensure a good turnout. 

If you have decided on a theme, make sure you line up a guest speaker early. Your motto has to be 'fail to prepare, prepare to fail'. 

As an accredited trade union representative you are in a great position to ensure such an event is accessible and useful to your colleagues. Inform your regional officer of your plans and find out what assistance is available.

Get your event noticed

It is important to select a suitable venue, taking into account size and location. Make sure you give people plenty of notice and promote the event using flyers and posters, and use the trust's website and social media pages. This will boost the number of people registering their interest in advance. 

Now that revalidation has become a reality in nurses’ lives, it is worth considering holding regular learning events. As an RCN representative I’m sure you are aware of knowledgeable nurses who would be happy to present on a variety of topics that your colleagues can relate to and incorporate into their practice.

You could also use these occasions to inform your members about the latest news and developments, such as the implications for nurses and nursing of the UK leaving the European Union, or the proposed changes to the nursing bursary. 


About the author

Zeba Arif

Zeba Arif (@ZebaArif) is chair of the RCN forensic nursing forum and was an RCN steward for 23 years

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