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RCN Awards

RCN Award of Merit

Acknowledging outstanding voluntary service to the RCN

The Award of Merit is the highest honour bestowed to RCN members for service to the RCN itself.

Who can nominate

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year using this nomination form.

You can nominate or support one or more RCN members for the award if you are an RCN member. Country or regional boards, branches and forums can submit group nominations.

RCN Council members and RCN staff can also submit or support nominations for this award. 

Support for your nomination

You will need three other people to support your nomination. They may be RCN members or others who fully support the nomination. The recommendations should ideally come from a range of colleagues from different backgrounds to show the reach of the nominee's work.

Each supporting statement should show how the nominee has given exceptional service to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), making an impact on their RCN branch, network, forum, workplace, or the RCN as a whole.

The nominator should clearly set out how the nominee has given exceptional service as follows:

  1. Consistently exceeds expectations; performing at a level above and beyond normal benchmarks.
  2. Has made important and significant contributions in their role; and demonstrates their sustained commitment to the RCN and its core values.
  3. Consistently demonstrates a high degree of professionalism by their commitment to work positively, respectfully and effectively to contribute to the aims and objectives of the RCN as enshrined in the RCN Charter.
  4. Use knowledge and expertise at every opportunity that adds distinction to the RCN and its core values.

Please do not tell the nominee about the nomination, as it must remain confidential.

The Country or Regional Board will also provide a resume of the nominee to the Awards Committee.

What to submit

The nominator and supporters should write testimonials about the nominee and submit these with the form, available above. These should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to the RCN.

Download How to write a successful supporting statement for more information.

You also need to submit contact details and brief details of the nominee's history within the RCN. We understand that it is hard to find out details about another person - especially while keeping it a secret - so just put as much information as you can. We can, for example, find the person's RCN membership number for you.

How the decision gets made

Eligible nominations will be considered by the Awards Committee and evaluated against the following four criteria:

  1. Consistently exceed expectations; performing at a level above and beyond normal benchmarks.
  2. Has made important and significant contribution(s) in their role; and demonstrates their commitment to the RCN and its core values.
  3. Consistently demonstrates a high degree of professionalism by their commitment to work positively, respectfully and effectively to contribute to the aims and objectives of the RCN as enshrined in the RCN Charter. 
  4. Uses knowledge and expertise at every opportunity that adds distinction to the RCN and its core values. 

Download the full RCN Award of Merit criteria.

When to submit

RCN members can submit nominations at any point during the year using this nomination form. Nominations submitted will be considered for the 2023 Awards.

The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is made up of the President, Deputy President, Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council, the Chief Executive & General Secretary, and the Convenor of RCN Fellows.

RCN Award of Merit awardees 2020-2022