‘Registration Renewed’ – I’m incredibly proud to be on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register. I worked hard for that PIN and each day I work hard to retain my PIN. It means a lot to me, so today when I saw those words ‘registration renewed’ it made me smile 🙂 Today I have revalidated my professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, which enables me to continue to practice as a registered nurse in the UK for the next three years. The process of revalidation is fairly new, and all nurses and midwives in the UK must now complete this in order to maintain their professional registration.
As one of the first nurses required to follow the new revalidation process, I thought it might be useful to offer my perspective of the process. As a nurse working in education, I don’t work in a traditional clinical area and so here are my thoughts on revalidation from a nurse academics point of view.
A few months ago, I started receiving emails from NMC Online telling to prepare for revalidation before 1st April. I’ve been busy as always and have to admit while it was certainly a priority, I kept putting it off until I had a good amount of time to focus on it, so a few weeks ago, when I realised it was creeping up on me, I set to work firstly reading through the supporting information, then printing off the templates provided by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and then making an appointment with my line manager (as my confirmer).
I must also admit that when I realised I would need to revalidate soon I was a little apprehensive, especially as at first glance it appeared to be a lot of work (it actually wasn’t!) and as I don’t work in a traditional clinical practice area, I wondered if I would be able to meet the requirements (of course I would!). After seeing much discussion and debate about revalidation on social media, I had been left with the feeling that revalidation was going to be something complicated, and something really quite time consuming so I was pleasantly surprised to find that wasn’t the case.
Once I realised that actually there are just 5 elements to revalidation, it made much more sense and felt much more manageable in bite size chunks, so here’s how I recorded the revalidation requirements:
a) Practice hours log
This was straight forward. I have worked full time for the last three years so fairly easy to calculate annual hours. There is a list to choose from for your scope of practice and setting, for me my scope of practice is Education in a university setting.
b) 35 hours of CPD activity
This was fairly easy to do. I looked back through my diary for the last 3 years. I was able to identify far more CPD activity than I needed. This is because CPD activity doesn’t necessarily mean sitting in a classroom. In fact for the participatory element, the NMC state ‘you simply have to undertake activity that involves interaction with one or more other professionals. This can be in a physical environment or a virtual one – you don’t have to be in the same room as the people you undertake the activity with’. My CPD activity was fairly diverse and included attendance on a 3 day qualitative research workshop, enter and view panel training with Healthwatch, and JISC Learning and Teaching Expert Group meetings. I’ve also presented at conferences (and participated as a delegate), participated on lots of staff development days, and of course I am a PhD student so lots of learning taking place there! The key here is to think beyond traditional classroom CPD activity, learning and development happens in many places!
c) 5 pieces of practice related feedback
Ok, so this is the one I was a little more concerned about. I don’t work in a clinical area, so I had to look elsewhere for feedback. After a bit of thinking, I began to find feedback in so many places: module evaluations, emails, online discussions, nominations for awards, discussions with staff, teaching observations, thank you cards, PDR, etc. It turned out to be much easier than I thought. The key here is to think a little bit wider than written feedback. Feedback comes in many forms.
d) 5 written reflective accounts
This was straight forward, particularly with the templates provided by the NMC. It isn’t arduous, it focuses on The Code and is actually quite useful for developing future goals.
e) Reflective Discussion
This can be done with a registrant, who may or may not be your confirmer, and as my confirmer highlighted today, sometimes it may be more useful to have that discussion with someone who maybe more appropriate. I did my reflective discussion with my confirmer today, and it was fine.
Following my confirmation meeting, I needed to log on to NMC Online to enter my confirmers details, in addition to declaring that I have good health and character and that I have a professional indemnity arrangement. Oh and the small matter of the annual fee £120….
So, all in all a straight forward process. My advice, don’t get overwhelmed, get yourself a folder, print off the templates, and start to build your revalidation evidence. I’ve decided to start my revalidation for 2019 now! I do think its a worthwhile process and I feel that having another registrant to confirm that I have met the requirements to remain on the register really strengthens our credibility as registered nurses. Happy revalidating and let me know how you get on 🙂