The RCN is the largest professional union for nursing in the UK, with around 400,000 members both in the NHS and the private and independent sectors. Whether you are a registered nurse, midwife, nursing student, nurse cadet, health care assistant or nursing auxiliary, you can join the RCN. As the only union in the UK which is specific to the nursing family, the RCN recognises your needs better than anyone else. As a member of the RCN, your views and experiences will help to shape the development of future nursing policy both in the UK and internationally.
To see how being a member of the RCN can help you, your career and your workplace follow the relevant link below:
- I am a qualified nurse or midwife and am on one or more parts of the current NMC register
- I am studying for a nursing degree or relevant course of study for the first time
- I am a health care support worker/ health care assistant (HCA), nursing auxiliary or assistant practitioner
- I do not fit into the above options, but I want to see how RCN membership can benefit me.
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.