Revalidation articles

How nurses are preparing for the revalidation process

Five nurses from across the UK discuss their plans for renewing their registration, continuing professional development and building their portfolios

Five nurses from across the UK discuss their plans for renewing their registration, continuing professional development and building their portfolios.

Abstract

As the profession’s new system of revalidation goes live, this article brings together the experiences of emergency nurses from revalidation pilot sites in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. A total of 19 sites across the UK, including hospital trusts, tested the process between 2014 and 2015. This gave these trusts the opportunity to prepare their staff and help them to get revalidation ready ahead of the official roll-out. This article aims to help nurses working in emergency departments better understand the process and offers tips for dealing with process issues which are pertinent to them.

This month sees the first cohort of nurses successfully re-registered under the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) revalidation process. The move from post-registration education and practice (Prep) has been accompanied by much uncertainty in the profession about what this process will mean to nurses and how they will find the time to fulfil what initially seems like an overwhelming task. Our analysis on page 8 sets out the background to revalidation and the steps all nurses will now need to take to remain on the register.

In this article, nurses from emergency departments (EDs) in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who work at NHS trusts which were a part of the revalidation pilot, give their take on the process.

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This article was first published in print in Emergency Nurse: volume 24, issue 1

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