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Cardiology nurse recognised for skill and expertise

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An advanced level nurse at Oxford University Hospitals has been awarded with a special credential from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) after successfully completing an accreditation scheme.

Angela Griffiths, an Arrhythmia Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Cardiology completed the Credentialing programme recently, giving her formal recognition of her skills and expertise. The service is open to nurses who are able to demonstrate that they are working at an advanced level and practice in the NHS or independent sector. They will also need a relevant master's qualification, non-medical prescribing rights and an active registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

The evidence-based scheme invites applicants to submit proof of their qualifications and experience, a process which Angela says was 'straightforward' and 'easy' while praising the helpfulness and availability of the Credentialing team supporting her.

After successfully completing the scheme, Angela now appears on a database of Credentialled nurses, and has a badge and certificate to indicate this. 

She will need to renew her Credentialled status every three years, by demonstrating continued professional development and resubmitting her evidence.

On the process, Angela said: 

"I would definitely recommend any nurses practicing at advanced level to gain the Royal College of Nursing Advanced Level Nurse Practitioner Credential. Having my position and skill level formally recognised by a reputable, external organisation has been really beneficial, and brings with it a real sense of personal achievement."