Reflective accounts

Nursing revalidation

A CPD article helped Rebecca Keown understand the requirements of the NMC’s new process

A CPD article helped Rebecca Keown understand the requirements of the NMC’s new process.

Abstract

As a general nurse, I wanted to gain an understanding of the purpose of the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s revalidation, what it entails and what would be expected from me during the process.

This article explained that revalidation aims to ensure the NMC’s central principles are being achieved; namely, to preserve safety, ensure effective practice and promote professionalism.
figurePicture credit: Digital Vision

One essential requirement of revalidation is that nurses complete 35 hours of relevant continuing professional development (CPD). Of these, 20 hours must be participatory learning. There are various ways in which this can be undertaken, such as attending courses, reading articles and completing self-assessment questionnaires.

After reading the CPD article, I have learnt that nurses must complete 450 hours of practice over a three-year period. I am now recording my practice hours online, using the NMC template, which allows you to provide evidence of hours worked, with information including the type of work setting, dates of practice and number of hours.

Read the article

This reflective account is based on NS815 Myatt R (2015) Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation. Nursing Standard. 30, 7, 52-59.

This article is for subscribers only