Share your story

Are you an RCN member from another country in the EEA* nursing in the UK? Or are you working with colleagues from other EEA countries? Share your personal account of why nurses from other countries in the EEA make such a valuable contribution to health and care services in the UK.

We will be publishing your accounts here to promote the dedication of EEA nurses working in the UK and to highlight why it is vital they can continue to live and work here.


I am a nurse who came to the UK in March 2014. I bought a property here and I was planning to stay all my life in this country but after the referendum, I have already applied to work in another European country. If the Government do not grant us the right to remain, I know other colleagues plan to leave as soon as possible. I can't cope with a climate of uncertainty - it is not fair for anyone.

Sergio Riggi
Sean Monahan

I am a student nurse on my final placement, due to qualify in 12 weeks’ time. There is so much uncertainty about whether I will have the right to remain here. I don’t know whether to stay or to leave now and start working my way up the nursing ladder in another EU country where my status is guaranteed. I hope the Government understand the impact this uncertainty is having on hardworking nursing students like me.

Sean Monahan

I came to UK in 2009 after qualifying in Portugal and started working as staff nurse in one of the eight hyper-acute stroke units that opened at that time. Stroke services in London were being re-developed and I had the opportunity to contribute to that important agenda alongside many other nurses from the EU.

Seven years on and I'm now a Stroke Clinical Nurse Specialist and a member of the RCN Neuroscience Forum Committee, improving the lives of people who have strokes locally, regionally and nationally. The Government should recognise my right to remain in the UK, along with my EU nursing colleagues, as our contribution to leading, shaping and delivering health and care services is needed now more than ever.


*The European Economic Area (EEA) includes all EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.