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Revalidation is your chance to reflect on the difference you make

 Janet Davies 15 Mar 2018 Janet Davies

RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary Janet Davies says revalidation can be an enjoyable process.

reflective discussion for revalidation
Earlier today, I had my reflective discussion and confirmation meeting with Chair of RCN Council Maria Trewern.
 
I, like many RCN members, was daunted by the prospect of revalidating, but in the end it was very straightforward and rewarding.
 
Revalidation made me reflect on my role as Chief Executive and General Secretary; what I’ve achieved in the past three years; and how this supports the NMC Code, which we, as nurses, reflect against.
 
I used today’s meeting with Maria to discuss what I’d learnt in this time and to look ahead at what I might do differently in the future.
 
The reflective discussion is a chance to talk about your own experiences. To make the most of it, this should be a challenging conversation and not just a tick-box exercise.
 
I, along with many colleagues and members in the RCN, worked with the NMC to shape the revalidation process before it was introduced in 2016. I’d also been a confirmer before, so I had a good understanding of the process.
 
However, I was still apprehensive when I got my reminder from the NMC.
 
Having completed the process, I'm surprised by how positive the experience was, particularly when writing my reflective accounts – it’s incredibly important that we, as professionals, reflect on and improve how we work.
 
I found it easy to evidence how I’d met the minimum practice hours and CPD requirements, because I’d kept good records of this.
 
But the most difficult part was searching for the feedback I’d received in this time.
 
So, my advice to members who haven’t revalidated yet is to prepare early and record your feedback. As nurses, we’re all busy people with lot to thinks about, but don’t get caught out when your revalidation date arrives.
 
Revalidation gives us the chance to demonstrate our professionalism and commitment to ongoing development. There are real benefits for the profession and for patients too, and I hope you find the process as rewarding as I did.

Revalidation support from the RCN

Revalidation support from the NMC

Janet Davies

Janet Davies

RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary

@JanetRCN

Janet began her nursing career in Manchester and gained experience in acute, mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained experience in leadership, before becoming RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary in 2015.