The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) represents nurses and nursing, promotes excellence in practice and shapes health policies

The RCN is the largest union and professional body for nursing in the UK. We currently serve over 410,000 members who are nurses, midwives, health care support workers and students from across a range of sectors and nursing disciplines.

We represent nurses and nursing and we lobby government and other professional bodies to make sure our views are heard where it counts. Your experiences will help to shape the development of future nursing policy both in the UK and internationally.

As an RCN member, we will ensure you are well looked after and will represent and support you when you need it.

You will also have access to a range of other exclusive member benefits and services.

Find the RCN membership category that's right for you:

Nurse member Student member Health practitioner membership
Nurse membership
(including midwives)
Student membership Health practitioner

(for health care assistants and assistant practitioners)

Regulations covering eligibility for RCN membership, the membership categories, the different payment plans and associated governance rights are set out in The RCN Definitions of Membership (PDF 126KB) [see how to access PDF files], which is approved by RCN Council.