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RCN awards

RCN Award of Merit

Acknowledging outstanding voluntary service to the RCN

As an RCN member, if you know someone who has dedicated their time and energy to helping RCN members, you can nominate them for an RCN Award of Merit. Use this page to find out how to make your nomination.

The Award of Merit is the highest honour the RCN bestows for service.

Who can nominate

You can nominate someone for the award if you are an RCN member. Country or regional boards, branches and forums can also submit group nominations.

RCN staff cannot submit nominations for this award.

You can only nominate or support one person each year.

Support for your nomination

You will need three other people to support your nomination. They do not have to be RCN members but must not be RCN staff.

Each recommendation should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to the RCN. The recommendations should come from a range of backgrounds to show the reach of the nominee's work.

We recommend that you do not tell the nominee about the nomination, so they will not be disappointed if it is unsuccessful.

What to submit

The nominator and supporters should write testimonials about the nominee and submit these with the form, available below. These should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to the RCN.

Download How to write a successful supporting statement for more information.

You also need to submit contact details and brief details of the nominee's history within the RCN. We understand that it is hard to find out details about another person - especially while keeping it a secret - so just put as much information as you can. We can, for example, find the person's RCN membership number for you.

The Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is made up of the President, Deputy President, Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council, the Chief Executive & General Secretary, and other Council members.

When you submit a nomination, the committee will consider it at its next meeting. If it is successful, the award will be given out at the following Congress.

RCN award of merit

Submit your nomination

Nominate someone for an RCN Award of Merit.

Download the nomination form here