"When the idea of revalidation first came along I hoped it might just disappear. Then I met a nurse who let her registration lapse and had to wait eight weeks to get back on the NMC register. I wasn’t going to be caught out, unable to work, so I took a deep breath and made a revalidation appointment with my nursing agency. It proved easier than I thought.
"Then on a quieter shift at work, I asked a few colleagues to write some feedback on my practice. I sat with my children while they did their homework and did my 'homework' too. I found writing the reflective accounts quite cathartic. By thinking about the way I work and relating it to the Code, I really did study and digest what it should mean to be a nurse.
"As for collating all my various study day certificates and listing my CPD hours onto one form, well, it was most rewarding to finally be organised.
"So what I’m trying to say is that revalidation isn’t as irksome as it may seem. It’s good for us to reflect no matter how painful. If I was in charge of the NMC, or indeed if I was a patient, I`d like to know that nurses do read their code of conduct. And if revalidation makes us do this, well then perhaps it isn’t such an imposition on our precious time after all."