A Guide to Nursing Revalidation
It can feel like a long and time consuming process to go through nurse revalidation. However, if you follow these simple steps, it can be a whole lot more manageable.
Do Not Be An Ostrich
Revalidation starts in April 2016 and you will have to engage with the process. There is no way around it unless you feel like giving up your nursing registration. Instead of sticking your head in the sand like an ostrich, you have to embrace it.
Never Build It Into Something Its Not
The revalidation process is not as hefty as you think. This is not some huge, thundering thing that can break through the walls in your living room. Instead of an elephant, you can think of it as more of a domestic pet that is easy to manage.
This Is Something That You Can Easily Do
You should give yourself roughly six months for completing revalidation. It is not just a case of getting all of the paperwork together. It is also important to make sure that you allow the sub-conscious portion of your mind to help prepare reflective pieces.
While revalidation gets closer, your appointment needs to be booked so that you can sign off on your portfolio. Never leave it to the last minute and always keep a diary of appraisals of the past as well as when the confirmation is due.
Talk with someone else who has gone through the process already. You can ask questions and make notations so that you are always clear on what is required. It could be you offering the support to someone else in the near future.
Link your discussions as well as feedback and reflections to the NMC code. The appraiser and confirmer will be looking to see how you have connected the two. As always; prioritize people, practice effectively while preserving safety and promoting nothing but professionalism and trust.
All training certificates should be kept in a singular place and you need to add your reflections tp the back of the certificate while they are fresh in your mind. They will help when you need to putt your reflections in your portfolio.
Do not simply read articles right before the nurse revalidation is due. You need to take the time to sift through the year and save then all on your computer. It is also smart to make notations whenever you read them so that you can go back to your reflections moving forward.
You need to look for forums, support groups and interactive sessions that are conducted by revalidation experts or senior nurses that have gone through the process or at least know it well.
Gather feedback from people that you have worked with and if you have a good rapport with patients, you can ask them for feedback after getting consent.
Taking part in surveys and questionnaires will help and allow you to have a say in the improvement of these processes in the future. Overall, you should enjoy it as it can be a huge boost for the nursing community and a wonderful chance to show just how great agency nurses are.
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