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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


Get ready to ballot on industrial action

RCN Council will move towards balloting on industrial action if the pay cap isn’t lifted in the Budget. Whether you want to take action or not, we need your correct details.


Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds

Nursing staff shortages are compromising patient care. Find out about our safe staffing work and how you can get involved. We have published two reports to date.


Urgent action needed to tackle staffing crisis

RCN calls for new legislation as thousands of members reveal chronic nursing shortages. The results paint a perturbing picture of staff stretched to the limit and compromised patient care.


Janet Davies Blog

You told us that staff shortages are compromising patient care. Janet Davies discusses the latest RCN report on staffing levels: Safe and Effective Staffing: Nursing Against the Odds.


Ballot could be called if cap remains in place

The RCN will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay is not lifted in the November budget. The RCN will be contacting members soon about ways they can prepare for any future ballot on industrial action.


Check out the latest RCN blogs

RCN Professional Lead for Public Health, Helen Donovan, explains why immunisation is key for all nursing staff, the RCN’s new credentialing scheme, staffing levels, and Dame Professor Donna Kinnair discusses how nursing was represented at the recent Labour Party Conference.


RCN Bulletin 356

The October issue of the RCN Bulletin is now out. What's it like nursing in the UK's largest prison? Find out in this month’s RCN Bulletin. Also in this issue: the RCN calls for new safe staffing legislation.


New issue of Activate

Activate Vol 12, No 1: September 2017. News, views and support for RCN activists, including the latest on the Scrap the Cap campaign and the RCN’s position on sustainability and transformation plans (STPs).



Travel health roadshows

Jane Chiodini, Director of Travel Health Training Ltd and the RCN bring you this essential updates in travel health. Cardiff 22 November, Birmingham 29 November and London 9 December 2017.


RCN Critical Care Workshop 2017

21 October 2017, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. Are you a nurse, healthcare professional or student working in the field of critical care? Then this workshop is essential for you.


New Research in the History of Nursing

26 October 2017, Royal College of Nursing, 42 South Oswald Road, Edinburgh, EH9 2HH. In 2016, the Monica Baly nursing history bursaries were all awarded for research on Scotland. All three recipients – Claire Shearer, Siobhán O’Connor and Professor Daniel Kelly will speak about their new research into twentieth-century nursing training, the origins of nursing informatics and nursing studies at the University of Edinburgh. This free event will also include a show and tell of items from the Monica Baly collection, held by the RCN Archives.


Seeing is Believing III. Looking Forward, RCN Ophthalmic Nursing Forum Conference and Exhibition 2017

4 November 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. Whether you are new to this niche field of nursing or an experienced professional, this event gives you a platform to reflect on how you can improve your practice and the patient experience.


Society of Orthopaedics and Trauma Nursing Conference and Exhibition 2017

14 November, Crowne Plaza Chester, Trinity Street, Chester, CH1 2BD. Explore the challenges and innovations in orthopaedic and fracture trauma care for patients, ranging from children and young people to the older person.


Brexit and Beyond! An international perspective on health care

14 November 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. What impact will the Brexit process have on health care? And how have the NHS and other health services benefited from immigration, from Europe and beyond?


Hawking Annual MND Lecture

22 November 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. We are privileged to welcome Professor Carolyn Young, from the Walton Centre Liverpool, to lead our important inaugural Annual MND lecture with an explanation of the ground-breaking TONiC study.

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