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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 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 online student information officer application form

Download the SIO leaflet for further information and contact us with any questions.

Please note that while we aim to process and respond to applications within 3-4 weeks, this is not always possible during particularly busy periods of the year. 

Become an RCN student information officer

Apply online to become an RCN student information officer.

RCN Students at Congress 2019

Students can now book their place at Congress 2019 which will take place at ACC Liverpool from 19 to 23 May 2019. 

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.

There will next be a chance to nominate yourself for Students Committee in late Summer 2019. Keep your eye on the Current Elections and Appointments page for more info.

Nursing Ethics Student Prize

The journal Nursing Ethics organises two annual writing awards for student nurses. One award is for an essay by an undergraduate student and one for an essay by a postgraduate student.

The prize is a year's free subscription to Nursing Ethics journal, £100 worth of books and publication in the journal of the winning essays.

The closing date is 30 May 2019 and all details can be found at the journal's website.

Fund Our Future nurses

Ask the Government and NHS England to #FundOurFuture nurses


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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: