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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


Three Steps to Positive Practice

This document is designed to assist health and social care professionals who are involved in practices where people in their care may be restricted in some way.


Principles of Consent

This document provides information to registered nurses and other nursing staff to guide their practice around consent. This guidance is specific to consent for physical interventions on living individuals.


Retired members: Stay connected

Retired members can still benefit from RCN membership, including membership of the National Pensioners Convention Network.


New manual to support men with cancer at work

A new project by the RCN, the European Men’s Health Forum (EMHF) and Ulster University aims to harness nursing expertise to help men with cancer to stay in or return to work after treatment.


Delegating recordkeeping and countersigning records

This updated RCN guidance draws on NMC documents to clarify the issues of delegating record keeping and countersigning records for nursing staff and employing organisations.


New Government must prioritise health

Health and care services must be a greater priority for this Government than they were for the last, the RCN has warned.


Guidance on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies

In light of recent terrorist incidents, the RCN has issued guidance for nurses and midwives on responding to unexpected incidents or emergencies.


Get set for Pride

Find out more about meeting up with other RCN members at about Pride events across the UK at If you’re posting photos on Twitter or Instagram, use #ProudRCN.


RCN Professional Nursing Committee

This new committee will be the decision-making body of the RCN on professional issues and will provide leadership on the work of the RCN related to its role as a Royal College.


Read the latest RCN blogs

Join thousands of RCN members protesting across the UK, check out the RCN’s Nursing Counts manifesto and learn more about England's new non-statutory model of clinical supervision for midwives.


RCN Bulletin 352: June 2017

Read about the RCN’s new defence nursing exhibition and meet the Nurse of the Year in this month’s RCN Bulletin.



Credentialing recognises the skill of an individual nurse to practice at an advanced level. It supports you to continue your personal and professional development and enhance your career prospects.


Do you need help finding information or improving your literature searching skills?

Check out the RCN Library video tutorials on YouTube. There is also guidance on how to get started using the library and doing your dissertation.



RCN Education Workshops

29 June to 10 August 2017. The NMC is consulting on changes to the framework and educational standards for pre-registration nurses. The consultation will shape the future of nurse training across the UK. It’s anticipated that the final set of requirements will be published by early 2018, and that they will be adopted from the 2018-19 academic year. The half day workshops are open to all health care staff, including non-members of the RCN. Lunch is provided and attendance will count towards your revalidation portfolio.


Travel Health Competence: Pointing you in the right direction

24 June 2017, RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Travel health is constantly updating, feel confident in consultation with travellers and keep yourself informed by attending this conference. Booking now open.


RCN Critical Care Workshop 2017

8 July 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.


So you want to be an IBD nurse specialist?

10 Jul 2017, RCN, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London W1G 0RN. Join our unique study day aimed at nurses with an interest in developing a career as an IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) nurse specialist.


School Nurses Conference and Exhibition 2017

24 August 2017. Amba Hotel Marble Arch , Bryanston St , Marylebone , London W1H 7EH. This RCN conference will provide a valuable opportunity for you to meet other like-minded nurses and remain professionally up to date. Aimed at all nurses working in schools and educational settings, including those from academies, independent, free and boarding schools.


23rd International Mental Health Nursing Research (MHNR) Conference 2017

14 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep Cardiff City Hall, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3ND. The International Mental Health Nursing Research Conference is the Network for Psychiatric Nursing Research Conference re-imagined and reinvented.


RCN Older People's forum and BGS joint conference

20 Sep 2017. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 0RN. This is your opportunity to take part by submitting an abstract for presentation. Make your voice heard and share new solutions to older people's care whilst inspiring attendees to achieve personal excellence in the care of older people.

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