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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


Credentialing for Advanced Level Nursing Practice

The RCN has now launched credentialing for advanced level practice. This new service provides recognition for nurses and assurance to employers and the public. To find out more about the criteria and models, or to apply for the credential please visit RCN Credentialling.


RCN President tells nursing staff to care for each other in Congress opening ceremony

In her opening Congress speech, RCN President Cecilia Anim encouraged delegates to ask themselves “what more can we do to help each other". Watch her speech in full.


Nursing is still the best profession

In her keynote speech to Congress, RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Janet Davies declared that nursing is still the best profession in the world.


Safe staffing legislation to avoid patient-safety crisis

Calling for the rest of the UK to follow the example of Wales and enshrine safe staffing in law, the RCN reports that a dangerous set of pressures is putting patient safety at risk.


RCN Library subject guide on safer staffing

Use this guide to find information resources and evidence about safe nursing staffing levels including RCN publications, key resources and journal articles.


Members’ appetite for pay action

RCN members have given a strong and clear message that the Government’s policy on pay is not acceptable. The statement came as Chair of Council Michael Brown announced the results of the RCN pay poll at the College’s annual Congress.


Child and Adolescent Mental Health

At RCN Congress 2016 child mental health was debated. Members expressed concern about the current state of children and young people’s mental health across the UK. This publications calls for a range of actions in relation to these concerns and highlights examples of good practice.


Protection of Nurses Working with Children and Young People

This guidance aims to raise awareness among nurses and their managers of the complex issues surrounding safeguarding in the context of relationships between nurses and children and young people.


Standards for Assessing, Measuring and Monitoring Vital Signs in Infants, Children and Young People

This guidance applies to professionals who work in acute care settings, as well as those who work in GP surgeries, walk-in clinics, telephone advice and triage services, schools and other community settings.


Domestic Abuse Pocket Guide

This guide has been developed in response to the recognition by the RCN of the need for nurses, midwives and health care support workers and all health care professionals to have an understanding of the impact of the domestic abuse of patients, clients and colleagues.


Modern Slavery Pocket Guide

Over 45 million people are trapped in modern slavery across the globe. This guide has been developed to help nurses and midwives identify victims of slavery and help people find the assistance and support they need.


Standards for the Weighing of Infants, Children and Young People in the Acute Health Care Setting

Publication outlining the RCN's position in relation to the weighing of infants, children and young people and includes guidance on preparing them for weighing, timing and frequency of measurement, record keeping and auditing and benchmarking.


Internationally recruited nurses

Guidance aimed at nursing staff and health care assistants who want to work in the UK, as well as their potential employers. Provides an overview of the key considerations and principles for ensuring the ethical recruitment and employment of members of the nursing community from outside the UK.



Looked after children's nurses networking event 2017

6 June 2017. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. This conference will address issues such as substance misuse amongst looked-after children, whilst providing an update on the findings and impact of the National Care Leavers Association 2016 Project. The event will cover three main areas; Adolescent Health, Mental Health and Care Leavers.


RCN Flight Nursing Workshop 2017

10 June 2017. Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, 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.


From Detection Dogs to Therapy Pets: Animals in Health

21 June 2017. 18.00 – 21.00pm. Animals have long held a role in health settings, from the ancient use of medicinal leeches to the introduction of rescue dogs in the Alps in the early eighteenth century.


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.

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