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Welcome to RCN Wales

Here you'll find news, events and opinions covering the health care issues in Wales, including the work the RCN does with the National Assembly for Wales, support for members and training and development opportunities brought to you by the RCN Wales Professional Practice Department.  At this point in time the content of this section of the website is only available in English.

Croeso i RCN Cymru

Fan hyn, fe welwch newyddion, digwyddiadau a barnau sy'n ymdrin â'r materion gofal iechyd yng Nghymru, sy'n cynnwys y gwaith a wnawn gyda Chynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru, cymorth i aelodau a chyfleoedd hyfforddi a datblygu a gyflwynwyd i chi gan Athrofa RCN Cymru. Ar hyn o bryd, mae cynnwys y rhan hon o'r wefan ar gael yn Saesneg yn unig.

Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill: e-Petition 

As you may already be aware, RCN in Wales has been working closely with Kirsty Williams AM regarding her proposed legislation, 'Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill'. Evidence from around the world has demonstrated the relationship between safe staffing levels and better outcomes for both the patient and the nursing workforce alike - we would like to see safe nurse staffing levels become enshrined in law to ensure these positive outcomes for Wales. In addition to the work RCN in Wales has undertaken regarding this Bill, members have also been pro-active in showing their support, whether lobbying their local Assembly Members or individually raising awareness. 

Retired RCN member, Richard Jones MBE, has set-up an online petition, via the National Assembly for Wales website, in support of the Bill. Please take 30 seconds to sign the e-petition and spread the news of this to your friends, family and colleagues: Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill e-Petition

The time to make real change is now - we need your help to make that change. For further information on the Bill, please go to our dedicated web page: Safe Nurse Staffing Levels (Wales) Bill

RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2014 

First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones has congratulated Veronica Jarman on becoming Wales’ Nurse of the Year 2014. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) in Wales held its third annual awards which honour nurses and midwives from all fields of practice.

The event celebrates the contribution that nurses and midwives make to excellent care while spreading best practice and sharing innovations in health care.

Carwyn Jones said: "Congratulations to Veronica on receiving this prestigious award. It’s thoroughly deserved; she’s a credit to the healthcare profession."The NHS only succeeds because of the people who work in it. These awards are a wonderful opportunity to showcase the significant contribution nurses and midwives make to the care of patients and their families."

"As a nation it’s so important we recognise the hard work and commitment of our nurses and midwives. Collectively they form the largest element of the health care workforce and can be truly thought of as the backbone of our health service. I’d like to thank them all on behalf of the Welsh Government and on behalf of the people of Wales for all they do to deliver high quality health services and the care they offer to patients and their families. Congratulations to the nominees and winners and thanks to the Royal College of Nursing for hosting such a fantastic event."

To learn more about the Awards, including footage from past winners, then take a look at our RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards section of the website.

Return to Practice course 

If you are a nurse who has had a career break and would like to return to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register, you will need to complete a Return to Practice (RTP) programme. Successful completion of the RTP programme will provide you with the necessary clinical skills and knowledge to allow you to apply for nursing posts.

The NMC requirements to retain registration are to demonstrate that you complete 450 hours of practice within each three year re-registration period. Registered practice, as well as direct patient care, can also involve supervisory, teaching, research and managerial work. You also need to complete 35 hours of learning activity. The NMC revalidation project is currently reviewing the above, with a view to implementing changes on 31st December, 2015. Details are available at: http://www.nmc-uk.org/Nurses-and-midwives/Revalidation/

Finding a RTP course

The NMC has a database of approved courses at: http://www.nmc-uk.org/Approved-Programmes/. We advise that you also contact local universities and NHS trusts to see if RTP courses are being run in your area:

Swansea University

University of South Wales

Bangor University

Cardiff University