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This guide will help you discover how to find the information you need to successfully complete your assignments.


Welcome to the subject guide for Nursing and Midwifery

Article Databases

A bibliographic database indexes the contents of academic journals and allows you to find out which journals have published articles about a particular topic.  You will find your key databases by selecting the journals tab which also includes evidence based medicine (EBM) resources e.g. The Cochrane Library.

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NHS Athens Authentication

What is NHS Athens?
With your Athens Username & password, healthcare students from the date of commencement of an education programme which involves practice and placement within NHS provider services, for the duration of their programme are able to access additional NHS databases and journals online. You should  receive an email in your first year early in semester 1 detailing the username & password.

What are the benefits?

Some of the databases are the same as at SHU (e.g. CINAHL, MEDLINE) but there are some that may provide additional information e.g. EMBASE and the *BNF app (*see online resources tab on this guide).  When you login to NICE journals and databases you will see a list of what is on offer.

If you intend to work within the NHS, these resources will become your professional library.

What is my username?

Your NHS Athens username is nhsacshu followed by your Sheffield Hallam Unversity username, e.g. nhsacshub1234567.  If you don't know your password, go to the forgotten password page and enter your SHU email address (e.g. to be emailed a replacement password.  Contact if you have any problems. New NHS OpenAthens accounts were set up 11 Jan 2019.

NB: Staff need to contact  to ask for an account to be created.

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Health Education England (HEE) on Twitter

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Royal College of Nursing on Twitter

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NMC Revalidation

From 1 April 2016, revalidation is the new process that all nurses and midwives will need to go through in order to renew their registration with the NMC. 


You can find everything you need to know by visiting the revalidation site. Resources include presentations on CPD, feedback, reflective accounts, reflective discussion and confirmation. There is also guidance on how to store your completed reflective discussion and confirmation forms in either paper or electronic format.

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NMC Code for Nurses and Midwives