NMC advises nurses to retain evidence of continued learning

The Nursing Standard has reported that nurses are being urged to compile proof of their continuing professional development amid concerns that many are not keeping documentation of their learning.

Nurses are required to self-declare every three years that they have carried out 450 hours of registered practice and 35 hours of post-registration education and practice (PREP).

The NMC chief executive Professor Weir-Hughes has said “It has become clear that many nurses are not retaining evidence, maybe because they think it will not be called in” and added ”PREP folders are checked”.

The Nursing Standard states that nurses in the independent sector will be targeted by the NMC as part of its initiative to ensure appropriate fitness to practice referrals are made.

Prep helps you to:

• keep up to date with new developments in practice

• think and reflect for yourself

• demonstrate that you are keeping up to date and developing your practice

• provide a high standard of practice and care.

PREP is due to be replaced by a new re-validation system in 2014.  Until then, continue to keep a log of your learning and ensure you comply with the NMC guidelines.

To download the PREP handbook

http://www.nmc-uk.org/Documents/Standards/nmcPrepHandbook.pdf

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