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Get involved as an RCN student member

You can make a real difference by playing an active role in the RCN.

As an RCN student member, you can get more involved by becoming a student information officer, attending Congress or standing for election to represent your peers on the RCN Students Committee. 

Become an RCN student information officer

Student information officers (SIOs) are a network of RCN student members who work to support and share information with fellow students.

SIOs keep other student members informed about any upcoming student events, help them out with accessing the RCN library and archives and make sure that they are getting full use of all the benefits they are entitled to as RCN members.

As an SIO you get more information and more access to specialist groups. This includes:

  • updates on changes affecting nursing students
  • opportunities to represent the RCN on committees
  • special events and training days.

To apply to be an SIO you just need to complete the student information officer application form and return to students@rcn.org.uk.

RCN Students Committee

You can stand for election to the RCN Students Committee and have a voice in creating RCN policy, influence the nursing education agenda and make a difference to nursing and midwifery students. The committee is run by students for students, and campaigns for issues that matter to you.

The following seats on the RCN UK Students Committee are currently up for election: Eastern, East Midlands, Northern, South West, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The deadline for nominations is Monday 16 October 2017. Find out more.

There is also one seat for a student member up for election on each of the two new Council committees: RCN Professional Nursing Committee and RCN Trade Union Committee.

Get in touch!

If you are  a student member and have any questions about getting more involved with the RCN we’d love to hear from you. Email us at:

students@rcn.org.uk