Becoming an RCN rep gives you the chance to make a real difference to your patients, the working lives of yourself and your colleagues - and even the future of nursing.
If you are an RCN member and a registered nurse or a health care assistant in employment, you can apply to become an RCN learning representative, safety representative or steward. Being a rep is rewarding. You will get support from a close community of reps and RCN staff. Ongoing learning and development will help you become active as a rep and you will learn new skills which can enhance your nursing role. Students are not eligible to become reps, however, there are other ways you can get involved as a student member.
Start by reading the Becoming an RCN Representative booklet. You can print out the application form at the back, complete it and send it to your local RCN office. Alternatively register your interest online
Once we have received your application, someone will then contact you to arrange an informal chat to discuss the role. This will give you an opportunity to talk through any questions you might have. More information about the application process is detailed in the booklet.
As an RCN representative, you are:
Where the RCN has a recognition agreement with an employer, trade union reps have statutory right to reasonable, paid time off from employment to carry out union duties. All NHS and many independent sector employers have recognition agreements with the RCN but if you do not think your organisation has one, please talk to your RCN regional office about how we might work together to negotiate support and time-off for the role.
Once you’ve completed your foundation and development modules you will be eligible to attend continuing learning and development workshops and events for reps to maintain and develop your skills.
Find out more from reps themselves about the many ways in which they help members and organisations, and how being a rep has changed their lives for the better.