International Council of Nurses

Royal College of Nursing members are being asked for their views on whether the RCN should re-join the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

In 2013, RCN members voted to discontinue membership of the ICN. You can find out more about the background of that decision and vote here. Members asked the RCN to engage members on ICN membership at Congress 2019 through a Matter for Discussion. The International Committee and council have agreed to consult members as to whether views in relation to the ICN have changed.

It is crucial that a decision regarding RCN membership is informed by the views and priorities of members, so all members are encouraged to take part in the survey which will run from 30 October until 11pm on 29 November 2020.

We have produced a factsheet for members to use when completing the survey. 

Members will have the opportunity to raise questions about the ICN at online member engagement sessions hosted by RCN President Professor Dame Anne Marie Rafferty. These online sessions will be hosted on Wednesday 11 November and Tuesday 17 November. 

At both sessions, she will be joined by a panel including:

Rachel Hollis – Chair, RCN Professional Nursing Committee
Geoff Earl – Chair, Governance Support Committee 
Howard Catton – CEO, International Council of Nurses.

Click here to watch the recording of the Q&A session which took place on Wednesday 11 November at 10 - 11am.

Click here to watch the recording of the Q&A session which took place on Tuesday 17 November at 6pm - 7pm. 

Read responses to the unanswered questions from the member engagement sessions here.

Have your say and complete the survey

What happens when the survey closes?

The survey will be open from 30 October until 11pm on 29 November 2020. 

The President and International Committee will hold sessions with boards and committees to present the findings, and the International Committee will make a recommendation to Council regarding membership. 

Council will agree its recommendation and then liaise with members as part of the AGM setting process. 

The recommendation from Council on whether or not to re-join the ICN will then be discussed and decided by members at the 2021 AGM.

You can find out more in our FAQs, and by reviewing the RCN’s 2020 annual subscription costs for other memberships which are listed below: 

• European Federation of Nurses (EFN) : £78,533.16
• International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) : £1,919.87
• European Public Health Alliance (EPHA) : £4,762.29
• Commonwealth Nurses and Midwifery Federation (CNMF) : £3,000.00
• European Public Service Union (EPSU) : £109,010.04  
• European Forum of National Nursing and Midwifery Associations (EFNNMA) : (£0) Did not charge the RCN for 2020 membership due to COVID-19.

Read more in our FAQs document.