Poll shows the public recognises the dangerous shortfall of nurses and wants investment in the future nursing workforce.
The College is calling for £1bn to be invested in student nurse funding.
RCN produces costed alternatives for higher education funding in England to encourage more people to study nursing.
Students are urged to contact their MPs ahead of the debate.
RCN responds to NMC figures showing the number of UK nurses and midwives registering for the first time is falling.
RCN student members have today launched a campaign calling for the Government to prioritise funding for nursing higher education in England.
The fall comes after official NHS figures last week revealed record levels of vacant nursing posts.
An independent report has found that a quarter of nursing students are dropping out before graduating.
RCN warns that funding decisions have left nursing in ‘managed decline’ as student nurse numbers fall for a second year.
Half of universities in England consider axing learning disability nurse courses as number of specialist nurses falls by 40% in eight years.