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Welcome to the Royal College of Nursing

Representing nurses and nursing, promoting excellence in practice, shaping health policies

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Celebrate 100 years

In 2016, we're recognising the RCN's history and planning for a successful future. And you can be part of it.

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As a registered nurse or midwife you'll need to go through a new NMC process known as revalidation every three years to continue practising.



Developments in nursing, health care and the work of the RCN.


The latest RCN guidance and briefings for nursing staff.
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RCN Congress 2016 - Glasgow

RCN Congress is where RCN members meet to learn, develop and share nursing practice. It is also where members inform the RCN agenda and influence nursing and health policy through debate. 

Find out more


Upcoming RCN workshops, lectures, ceremonies and conferences.



Join the UK's largest union and professional body for nursing

Whether you're a nurse, midwife, HCA, AP or student, you can get a huge range of benefits when you join the RCN.

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RCN library

Europe's largest collection of nursing publications, journals and theses at your fingertips.

Get help

As an RCN member you can visit our online advice pages for help on a range of issues or contact us for confidential advice and support.
March against student bursary cuts

Nursing Counts

The RCN is fighting for fair pay and conditions for all nursing staff, including nursing students. Now student bursaries are under threat – we’re standing up for our future nurses and midwives.

Join our campaign

RCN briefings

The RCN aims to strengthen nursing influence and voice - view our policies.


The RCN runs its own consultations and responds to others - tell us what you think.