Susie Quirk was one of the first nursing associates to join the register back in 2019. With six months to go before her first revalidation, we find out how she’s feeling about it and how she’s been getting on with her continuing professional development (CPD).
Susie currently works in education with students developing clinical skills at the University of Chester.
“For me, revalidation is about identifying the areas where I might have a knowledge gap and need some training. So it’s helped me understand what I should focus on over the next three years.”
“Having watched nurses and midwives revalidating while I was qualifying, I knew it wasn’t any different to what other professionals were doing. Ultimately we’re all part of the same team, working towards the same outcomes and following the same Code.”
“When I initially started my CPD, I thought it was very complicated. But if you break it down, it’s not too daunting. You can do little bits at a time. The key is to keep on top of it, rather than leave it to the last minute.”
“I recently moved from clinical practice into education, working with students at the University of Chester to develop their clinical skills. I really enjoy teaching them about patient care. We discuss policies, procedures and look at why they want to help patients. It’s improved my ability to communicate with people, and I’ve been able to fulfil my CPD requirements by designing and delivering courses.”
“I’m in a good place with all of my requirements. I’ve done 25 of the 35 required hours and I’ve got some courses coming up. I’ve already taken part in a mental health first aid course, which has helped my participatory learning. It involved group discussions that were particularly interesting because of the challenges of the pandemic.”
“If you’re worried about revalidation, I recommend looking at the tools and templates on the NMC website. They break down the whole process into manageable parts, making things less daunting. It’s not long before I revalidate – January 2022 with applications opening this November. I’m looking forward to reflecting on everything I’ve accomplished over the last three years.”
We’ll catch up with Susie in August to check how things are progressing with her revalidation preparation.