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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


School nurses vital to tackling FGM

The RCN says cuts to school nursing roles are leaving vulnerable children exposed, as a report criticises failures to deal with female genital mutilation (FGM).


Social care failings must be tackled now

The RCN has responded to a report showing older people are paying the price for the crisis in social care funding, and calls for sustained investment.


Openness is crucial in end of life care

The RCN has responded to a report published by Marie Curie showing the additional strain for dying people and their families where an accurate prognosis is not given.


Nurses warned not to put future at risk in pension opt-out offer

Nurses in Hertfordshire could risk their long-term financial future if they opt out of the NHS Pension Scheme in return for higher pay.


RCN calls for action to prevent needless cancer deaths

The RCN says nursing staff shouldn’t lose the opportunity to prevent a single case of cancer. By following the Making Every Contact Count initiative, nurses and doctors can identify those at risk, and give valuable advice and support which saves lives.


RCN forms part of coalition to guarantee status of EU staff

A coalition of 29 health and social care organisations has been created to ensure standards of care are maintained as Britain withdraws from the European Union.


We are all nursing leaders

Janet Davies calls on RCN members to use their influence. “We must continue to challenge decision makers and lead the development of our profession as we’ve done for the past 100 years. This might be in the media, on social media or through meetings with the Government.”


RCN Bulletin 343: September 2016

This issue of RCN Bulletin includes articles on the nursing associate role, CCTV surveillance in health care, how nursing staff can get involved in procurement to help reduce waste and cut the cost of clinical supplies and the RCN clinical leadership programme.


Acute limb compartment syndrome observation chart

This observation chart is designed to help monitor patients who may have or be at risk of developing acute limb compartment syndrome.


New RCN blogs

Check out the latest blogs which include opting out of the NHS pension scheme and investing in school nurses.



Connect! Nursing: Museums at Night with Peter Liversidge

29 Oct 2016. Exactly a century ago, proposals were realised for a new College of Nursing. These shaped the nursing profession and drive the work of the RCN today. On our 100th birthday, the College invites artist Peter Liversidge to explore new proposals for the future of nursing. Join us for a celebration of our haunted 1700s townhouse, once home to Prime Minister H.H. Asquith and visited by suffragettes, and the 1920s college and women’s club.


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.


RCN Remembrance Ceremony 2016

7 Nov 2016. The Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1E 6HQ. Taking place in the early evening of 7 November, this service is to honour the sacrifice made by nurses and defence medical services personnel killed or wounded caring for victims of conflict.


RCN Defence Nursing Forum Workshop 2016

07 Nov 2016. RCN HQ, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. This workshop is of interest to nurses involved or likely to be involved in delivering trauma and surgical care in military and civilian environments where resources are limited. In the developing world billions of people have little access to safe and affordable surgical care. Strengthening emergency and essential surgical care is a World Health Organisation universal health care priority. This workshop will demonstrate where advances in military trauma care in areas of limited resources can be adopted in the civilian setting.


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


RCN International Centenary Conference

22 Nov 2016 - 23 Nov 2016. QEII Centre, Broad Sanctuary, Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE. This event - the first of its kind in the RCN’s history – will also consider the delivery of health in the face of significant international challenges. Delegates will hear from a range of eminent health care leaders, across both days of the conference.

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