Acknowledging outstanding voluntary service to the RCN
The Award of Merit is the highest honour the RCN bestows for service.
You can nominate someone for the award if you are an RCN member. Country or regional boards, branches and forums can submit group nominations.
RCN staff cannot submit nominations for this award.
You can only nominate or support one person each year.
You will need three other people to support your nomination. They do not have to be RCN members but must not be RCN staff.
Each recommendation should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to the RCN. The recommendations should come from a range of backgrounds to show the reach of the nominee's work.
We recommend that you do not tell the nominee about the nomination, so they will not be disappointed if it is unsuccessful.
The nominator and supporters should write testimonials about the nominee and submit these with the form, available below. These should show how the nominee has made an exceptional contribution to the RCN.
Download How to write a successful supporting statement for more information.
You also need to submit contact details and brief details of the nominee's history within the RCN. We understand that it is hard to find out details about another person - especially while keeping it a secret - so just put as much information as you can. We can, for example, find the person's RCN membership number for you.
Nominations which are submitted by Friday 1 February 2019 will be considered for presentation at Congress 2019 in Liverpool. Nominations submitted after this date will be considered for presentation at Congress 2020.
The Awards Committee is made up of the President, Deputy President, Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council, the Chief Executive & General Secretary, and other Council members.
When you submit a nomination, the Awards Committee will consider it at its next meeting. If it is successful, the award will be given out at the following Congress.