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.