Since 2016 the NMC has required nurses to revalidate every three years to continue their practice.
Revalidation was introduced as a form of self-appraisal, to allow reflection, identify areas for improvement and give nurses the opportunity to demonstrate that they’ve met a range of responsibilities.
The process of revalidation can often be a stressful affair, especially for agency nurses who often don’t have colleagues to turn to or seek advice from. But with the process a compulsory one and the increasing appeal of working through a nursing agency, it is important that agency nurses have access to the relevant knowledge and support to ensure they complete the process of revalidation accurately.
We’ve listed the steps that agency nurses need to take to prepare for their revalidation.
Sign up or Sign in to your NMC Online account
You can use your NMC Online account to manage your registration. Set up an account, it’s free, and review your renewal date.
Don’t forget your revalidation date falls on the first day of the month in which you re-registered and occurs once every three years. Helpfully, the NMC notify you at least 60 days before your application for revalidation is due.
To complete your revalidation you’ll need 450 practice hours in the last three years. However, if you have dual nurse and midwife registrations this increases to 900 hours.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
You need 35 hours of CPD, with at least 20 of these being participatory, these need to be relevant to your scope of practice as a nurse, midwife or nursing associate.
What counts as participatory? Well, this could be attending face to face training, conferences, seminars and workshops.
The remaining hours can come from self-study, relevant courses or online learning. The RCNi has many great CPD-accredited seminars and workshops that you can attend for free.
Registrants will need a minimum of five pieces of documented practice-related feedback from when they’ve been on the register or they last renewed their registration. This feedback can come from colleagues, patients or service users, carers or student nurses.
Written Reflective Accounts
You’ll need to be able to provide five reflective accounts on what you learnt from CPD, practice-related feedback or an event or experience in your practice and how they are relevant to the NMC Code. It is worth noting that this should all be recorded on the form provided by the NMC.
Finally, you’ll need a registrant who is already on the register to confirm that you have met all these responsibilities.
Support in fulfilling the requirements of revalidation is available from our in-house nurse-led support team, who can also complete the reflective discussion and confirmation to complete your revalidation.
It sounds a lot and it is, but you should bear in mind that this is an ongoing process through your career development and is a gradual compilation of all of the different aspects.
We know that working as an agency nurse can make the whole process perplexing, that’s why MedGen offers a complimentary revalidation service led by our in-house nurses for all of our agency nurses. We can take the stress and confusion out of the whole process and answer any questions that may spring up.