The new revalidation process is now in full swing and most licensed nurses and midwifes are grappling to get their head around what exactly is required of them and why.
As with any new compulsory policy that is introduced into a sector, there will always be a group of people who do not appreciate the wider reasons behind its introduction. There is a danger that nurses only look at the hours of bothersome paperwork and extra organisation that is now mandatory in order to continue practicing and subsequently see revalidation as a hindrance to the industry rather than an asset.
When someone comprehends the wider theories and reasons behind a policy, invariably the work they do immediately afterwards takes on a greater sense of urgency and clarity. For nurses to embrace and complete revalidation more easily, they should first realise the benefits of the new process.
For the NMC
- Until last year, the NMC’s were willing to simply accept that nurses were completing the required hours of training and practice by allowing their members to simply tick a few boxes and sign a form. This inevitably led to a poorer than expected standard of care for patients. Now with a detailed procedure in place to ensure that nurses are completing their desired criteria, the NMC has a securer regulatory process in place.
- With the documentation of training also required, the NMC can also gain a valuable insight into how the majority of nurses and midwives are learning new skills and the type of courses they are participating in. These observations will enable the NMC to devise any future changes to the running of organisations’ procedures with more clarity and improve overall patient safety.
For Employers and the Public
- One of the main reasons why revalidation was introduced in the first instance was because of the loss of confidence in the profession after scandals at places such as Stepping Hill. Not only did it damage the public’s trust in the people looking after them at their most vulnerable but also for employers who could not ascertain the standard of employee they were hiring. The revalidation process will increase the national confidence in the profession due to the regular detailed reviews every practitioner must undertake. This will improve job prospects and lower the public scrutiny of every correctly registered nurse and midwife.
For Nurses Themselves
Although this occasionally laborious exercise will sometimes prove to be exacerbating to nurses, they should see that having to physically prove they have done the work to pass revalidation will make a positive difference for their careers.
- Actually doing the obligatory training will obviously improve a person’s practical ability to carry out the standards of care expected of them. Physically writing down how many theoretical and practical skills they’ve learned will mentally affirm their work ethic and professionalism and also improve their own self-confidence about their competency.
- It also grants nurses the opportunity to arrange set time frames to discuss their own practices with fellow professionals. These vital networking opportunities are great ways for mutual shared learning and for nurses to develop a better
Search Medical is a specialist in not only sourcing and placing nursing jobs but also guiding our workers through some of the most important issues surrounding the profession. If you have any questions regarding the benefits of revalidation please contact a member of the Search Medical team in your nearest England office.