If you're a health care assistant (HCA) or assistant practitioner (AP) there are a number of ways to get involved with the RCN's work.
Join the RCN HCA and AP Network
The RCN HCA and AP Network can help you have your voice heard and share best practice. The network is free to join for HCA and AP members its aims are:
- To support the development of the HCA and AP role within the college.
- To offer members of the network the opportunity to comment on consultations and reviews relevant to the health practitioner membership.
Become an RCN representative
RCN representatives are vital to the successful working of the RCN. As an activist you can make a difference to nurses, health care assistants and your professional development. There are three different roles:
- safety representatives
- learning representatives.
Become a five-minute activist
If you're unable to committ the time to become a representative, why not become a five-minute activist? Over a cup of tea, or after a shift, it can only take five minutes to affect a change for the benefit of colleagues, patients and the public.
Join an RCN forum
Thousands of RCN members join together via the specialist nursing forums. If you are interested in keeping up with news in your field of practice then you should join an RCN forum too. You will receive regular newsletters from your forum committee, can read online content in the forum's online community and network with colleagues in the forum's area on the Discussion Zone. Join an RCN forum today.
Become a diversity champion
Diversity champions act as leaders for diversity and equality. They act as role models, taking actions when appropriate and addressing behaviours when necessary. They ask questions to check that diversity in its broadest sense is being recognised, understood and considered as integral to the decision making and evaluation processes. A good diversity champion doesn’t need to know all the answers but needs to be prepared to spend some time developing their own personal competencies around diversity and equality issues. Find out more about being a diversity champion.