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Never before has the RCN's new credentialing scheme felt more necessary

 Wendy Preston 2 Oct 2017

Recently published research suggests almost 600 separate job titles are being used by nurses working in advanced practice roles, with no clear link between their education level, competence or experience.

So it’s more important than ever that we have a register of nurses working at an advanced level whose expertise and skill in their practice, leadership, education and research has been formally assessed and recognised.

That’s why I’m proud to be spearheading the RCN’s work in this area and preparing for the credentialing process myself, to give assurances of my level of competence to my colleagues, employers, patients and the public.

We launched the credentialing scheme back in May and so far 51 nurses have received accreditation, with a further 57 now having their applications assessed.

I can’t stress enough how vital I feel this is, not only to add clarity and reduce variation, but for nurses working at an advanced level to become part of a community and champion the value they add to patient care.

This is an exciting phase for advanced level clinical practice and with the recent headlines following the publication of Professor Alison Leary’s research paper, now is certainly time for definition and recognition.

Find out more about RCN credentialing.

Wendy Preston

Wendy Preston

RCN Head of Nursing Practice

Wendy has worked at the RCN since 2016 and now leads the College’s work on advancing practice. Before joining the organisation, she was a nursing consultant in acute medicine and ambulatory care at George Eliot Hospital in Warwickshire. Her background is in respiratory nursing and she has experience in education, leadership, research and out of hour’s (OOH) general practice. She continues to work as an honorary nurse consultant and advanced nurse practitioner in OOH alongside her role at the RCN.


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