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RCN History

Our history

The RCN from 1916 to the present

Since 1916, the Royal College of Nursing has been supporting nurses and promoting the vital importance of nursing staff. We began as the College of Nursing, a professional organisation with just 34 members. Since then, we've evolved into the largest professional association and union for nursing staff in the world with more than 435,000 members.

Important dates in RCN history