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The impact of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation on the professional identity of academic staff in a higher education institution: A qualitative study

Attenborough, J. ORCID: 0000-0002-4018-8445 and Abbott, S. (2018). The impact of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation on the professional identity of academic staff in a higher education institution: A qualitative study. Nursing Open, doi: 10.1002/nop2.224

Abstract

Aims:
To explore Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) revalidation as a process experienced by nursing and midwifery academics and its impact on their sense of professional identity.

Background:
The introduction of revalidation nurses and midwives in the UK in 2016 caused some anxiety amongst registrants in higher education.

Design:
A qualitative study using a purposeful sample involving thematic analysis of semi‐structured interviews with academic staff.

Methods:
Ten registrants completed a semi‐structured interview in a higher education institution.
Results/Findings

Clinical credibility: participants were self‐conscious about time away from practice but retained strong links with clinical settings reviewing evidence and reports of current practice. The revalidation process: staff were generally positive about NMC revalidation. Professional identity: participants identified as nurses and midwives first and academics second.
Conclusions

The findings replicate previous studies about professional identity among healthcare professionals in higher education; this study reports the contribution of revalidation amongst nurses and midwives in higher education institutions.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © 2018 The Authors. Nursing Open published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Publisher Keywords: ademic identity, midwifery, nursing, revalidation
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Nursing
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/21058
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