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Welcome to RCN Wales

Here you'll find newsevents 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.  

RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2015: Nominations Open! 

The Royal College of Nursing in Wales is pleased to announce that the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards 2015 are now open for nominations

Tina Donnelly, Director, RCN Wales, launched the awards at Spire Cardiff Hospital, along with Veronica Jarman, Wales Nurse of the Year 2014.

Of the launch, Tina said: “I am thrilled to be launching the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards for its fourth consecutive year. Each year we are delighted to receive hundreds of applications that have proven what we already know - nurses in Wales are delivering excellent and innovative care to patients on a daily basis. The standard of applicants has been the highest of calibre year-on-year and once again we are ready to welcome nominations from those who wish to celebrate the hard work and commitment of their colleagues, or their carers.”

Gaynor Jones, Chair of the RCN Welsh Board and RCN Council Member for Wales, said of the awards: “As a practicing nurse working at the frontline of care, I see the pressures and strains facing the nursing workforce on a daily basis. However, these individuals carry on, with one goal in mind - to improve the lives of their patients and provide the highest standards of care. The selfless nature of these individuals is the exact reason why the RCN in Wales Nurse of the Year Awards are so important - celebrating the hard work of those who, we hear each year, are simply ‘doing their job’.” 

“I am proud to be a nurse in Wales. Show your pride in the profession by nominating someone who exemplifies the expertise, skill and dedication it takes to be a member of the nursing family in Wales."

Go to the Nurse of the Year page of the RCN Wales website and submit your nominations today. 

RCN Welsh Board Elections 2015

The voting period for electing a new RCN Welsh Board member starts on Tuesday 05 May and closes on Wednesday 03 June. These elected officials fulfil a vital role in helping the board to achieve its purpose, supporting the RCN and its members within the context of wider health and social care developments impacting upon nursing and patient care. To find out about your candidates and for further information on how you can vote, go to the official RCN Welsh Board Election 2015 webpage.  

50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth 1965 - 2015: Please share your memories with us 

The New Year welcomes the opportunity for nurses in Wales to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth, the RCN Welsh Board Headquarters in Cardiff. If you have any historical nursing artifacts from the past 50 years we would like to borrow them for our 50th Anniversary Celebration in November.

Ty Maeth or “House of Nurture” is the product of vision, commitment and hard work.  RCN members in Wales raised the money themselves to build Ty Maeth. With the help of the general public, nurses raised approximately £300,000.  The purpose of the Welsh Board and the building is to enhance the professional role of those in the nursing family and encourage, nurture and develop nurse leaders locally.   Ty Maeth is a physical sign that nurses in Wales are force with which to be reckoned. 

Gaynor Jones, Chair of the RCN Welsh Board and RCN Council Member for Wales, said:  “The 50th Anniversary of Ty Maeth provides a historic opportunity to build on our achievements. The RCN Welsh Board has become the voice of nursing in Wales.  Our 24,000 members today stand on the shoulders of the nurses who worked tirelessly in the 1960s to make the dream of a Welsh HQ for the RCN a reality.”   

Return to Practice  

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

Glyndŵr University