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RCN highlights

News and updates from the RCN

Highlights of the latest RCN publications, policies, events and consultations relating to quality and safety.

The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.

RCN Highlights


Principles of nursing practice films

A series of short films on the RCN website explain how to use the principles of nursing practice to deliver high quality care.


Avoid ‘two –tier’ nurse education, says RCN

The apprenticeship, announced by the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, will see the first apprentice nurses starting work in September 2017. Janet Davies, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary, said it was positive the Government recognised the need to increase nurse numbers, and that it was important to have flexible entry into the profession. But she stressed the importance of would-be nurses having a graduate-level education to gain the knowledge and skills required for 21st-century health care.


NMC to regulate nursing associates

The RCN favours a role that offers health care assistants a route into becoming a registered nurse, but has concerns about speed of implementation. The RCN has also warned the new role should not lead to nursing “on the cheap” by replacing registered, graduate nurses with support staff who do not have the same level of education and experience.


New RCN blogs

New blogs are available on the RCN website covering taking action on domestic abuse and why the Clinical Services Accreditation Alliance (CSAA) resources launch is important for nursing.


Nursing staff using personal mobile phones for work purposes

This updated publication focuses on the RCN's position on nursing staff using their own mobile phone for work-related purposes, drawing attention to issues such as: employer's policy; security and confidentiality of patient information; staff safety; and cost implications.


RCN urges investment in diabetes specialist nurses

It’s crucial there are enough diabetes specialist nurses to provide the high quality care that people with diabetes need and deserve, the RCN has said.


RCN supports launch of major health care accreditation initiative

The Clinical Services Accreditation Alliance (CSAA) has launched a major health accreditation initiative, designed to improve patient care, provide consistency for clinicians, reduce the burden on health care regulators and help ensure value for money in health care. The RCN is a member of the CSAA and has supported the development of the six resources launched. These will provide support for the set up and management of accreditation schemes for clinical services and will be useful in a number of ways, including for service redesign.


Preserving fertility in teenage cancer patients

Teenage cancer patients are missing out on opportunities to protect their ability to have children in the future, according to experts at the RCN International Centenary Conference.


Improving health care for pregnant detainees

Pregnant women at UK immigrant detention centres are not getting the specialist care they need, according to speakers at the RCN International Centenary Conference.


Chancellor misses opportunity to tackle nursing workforce crisis

The RCN has responded to the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement by expressing concern about the nursing workforce crisis.



Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference 2017

3 Feb 2017. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London W1G 0RN. Credentialing of advanced nursing practice, an exciting new RCN initiative will be presented in a key note speech and a workshop to enable you to understand the importance of this venture and the potential impact it will have upon you, the public and employers.


Out in the District: The history of community nursing in Scotland

13 Feb 2017 16:00. 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH. District nursing origins can be traced back to 1859 when philanthropist William Rathbone pioneered the provision of nursing within poorer communities. Join us for a talk drawing on materials from the Queen's Nursing Institute Scotland Archive to explore the history of district nursing.


Nursing the tropics

15 Feb 2017 17:30. 20 Cavendish Square, Royal College of Nursing, London, W1G 0RN. Travel medicine is a relatively new branch of medicine, offering advice to people travelling across the world for work or pleasure. Join our speakers to hear about travel health's fascinating history and how the nursing role in this field has changed.


Nursing education and professional development: the global perspective

21 Mar 2017 - 22 Mar 2017. Cardiff City Hall, Gorsedd Gardens Road, Cardiff, CF10 3ND. Are you interested in the future of nursing education and practice in the UK? Join this conference to discuss latest developments, learn new knowledge and influence future practice


AfPP and RCN Perioperative Forum Workshop

18 Mar 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. The Association for Perioperative Practice (AfPP) and the RCN Perioperative Forum, will be jointly hosting this one day workshop for all nurses and allied health professionals working in the perioperative setting including theatre, anaesthetic and recovery.


Women’s Health forum conference 2017

23 Mar 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. If you work in primary, secondary care or the private sector, this conference will have something for you. It covers a vast range of updates from PMS through to bleeding problems, women’s cancers and menopause.

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