RCN Congress Rejects Calls For Revalidation Training Budget
The Royal College of Nursing congress has rejected plans to allocate individual training budgets to nurses in order to help them prepare for revalidation after an emergency resolution was added to the agenda yesterday.
The agenda called for the RCN to lobby employers for the provision of individual revalidation training budget in order to help nursing and midwifery staff adapt to the newly-introduced process.
The motion was presented by Eirlys Thomas, who argued that because to funding disparities and variations in protected study leave between authorities, and professional development is often reduced due to staffing issues, individual budgets were needed for consistency.
However, RCN President Cecilia Anim argued that the revalidation process was 'easy' and that that nurses should 'stop worrying about it,' and former chair of RCN Scotland argued that nurses have an obligation to keep updated on practice, and budget cuts make it unlikely employers would approve the proposal.
Following debate, the resolution was formally rejected by the Glasgow-based congress with 49 abstentions and only 63 votes in, marking the first time a motion has not been passed during this year's event.