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Transforming to meet the future of nursing

Modern nursing shares many similarities with nursing of the past: patients are cared for and human connection remains a vital part of what nurses do.

But beyond that, 21st century nursing practice has changed drastically and continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. Nursing staff are highly skilled professionals, carrying out a safety-critical job. 

We are entering a new era for nursing and midwifery, and the RCN is here to support you every step of the way, as you practise in new and modern ways. Together, we will shape the future of nursing.

The RCN’s commitment to you 

The RCN is over 100 years old. And with the largest specialist collection of nursing books and journals in Europe, our collective knowledge is unparalleled. We are proud of our long and rich history of supporting nursing staff. We were there for you then. And we’re here for you now. 

The RCN pledges to evolve alongside the nursing profession to embrace the future of nursing. As things change around you, the RCN will change as well. In doing so, we will be the one familiar constant for you during times of uncertainty.

Be part of our future

When RCN members come together, we can achieve real change – in our workplace, community and society. Our collective power is greater than the sum of our parts. 

Be part of our powerful community of 450,000 nurses, midwives, health care assistants (HCAs), assistant practitioners (APs), nursing associates (NAs), trainee nursing associates (TNAs) and nursing students.


The digital future of nursing

Digital advancements are already transforming the way nursing care is delivered. It's vitally important that all nursing staff are equipped to lead this change. Every nurse needs support to become an e-nurse.

Our diversity gives us strength

Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to delivering better outcomes for nursing and for patients. The RCN champions and promotes equality and inclusion in the workplace, in all health care settings and in our work for the needs of our diverse membership.

Transforming the RCN

We want to ensure that you're getting the very best from the RCN. We are developing new and improved products and services, so that you have everything you need to further your career and deliver the best for your patients.
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