What is an activist?
The term 'activist' includes all members who have agreed to take on an identified role in the RCN. RCN activists are vital to the successful working of the RCN in whatever role they take on.
As an activist you can make a difference to nurses, nursing and your professional development. There are a number of different types of roles, which are outlined here.
RCN trade union representatives
Trade union representatives are elected members of the RCN who act as the link and conduit of information between members and RCN Council. The representative role is clearly defined within employment legislation and this gives certain rights, such as time off to carry out duties of the role. There are three types of trade union representatives:
- Safety representatives
- Learning representatives
To find out more about these roles see: What is a representative?
RCN forum committee member
The RCN professional forums cover all nursing specialisms. As an RCN member you can join up to three free of charge, and then begin to benefit from hearing about the latest developments in your area, network with likeminded people, promote the best interests of nurses and influence policy. The Forums are run by committees, which helps guide and manage the activities of the forum and ensures that they are meeting the demands and expectations of the members. Visit the RCN Forums page for details of all our forums and the RCN appointments page for information on current vacancies.
RCN board member
There are three country and nine regional boards at the RCN. They advise and support their Directors on matters relating to the country/region and are elected to represent the country/regional membership. It is through the Boards that Council is informed about the views of members on key strategic decisions. The Chair of the Board is one of the two Council members and provides the link between the Council and the Board. If you are interested in joining the Board, you should contact your country or regional office.
RCN branch officer
The RCN branch is the focal point of local activity, acting as the main point of contact, helping shape RCN policy and supporting members in that area. You can become active in many important roles within your local branch including:
- Branch chair
- Branch secretary
- Branch treasurer
You should contact your local branch directly if you want to get involved in these or any other branch based roles. You can find their contact details on your membership card.
Student information officers
Student Information Officers deal with specific student issues, such as placements, bullying and accommodation. If you are interested in becoming a Student Information Officer you can find out more information and how to apply by visiting our student pages, see: Get involved
- If you want to get more involved with your RCN, call RCN Direct on 0845 772 6100 or contact your regional office.