18 things to do in 2018

New year, new opportunities. Make 2018 count with our handy to do list

Nominate someone for an RCNi award

The most prestigious awards in the nursing profession are open until Friday 9 February. Do you know an inspirational colleague? Celebrate them.

Be a representative

Becoming an RCN rep means you can make a real difference to patients, colleagues and even the future of nursing. Or, if you’re a student, consider becoming a student information officer (SIO). 

Write for RCN Bulletin

Have a burning issue you’re bursting to talk about? Why not write a letter to RCN Bulletin or, better still, write a column. Email bulletin@rcn.org.uk for more information. Or submit an idea for an article for any one of the RCN magazines. We’d love to hear from you.

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Get involved in an RCN campaign

Such as the RCN safe staffing campaign, launching in May. The RCN is calling for new legislation that guarantees safe and effective nurse staffing after tens of thousands of members responded to a survey saying they were stretched to the limit.

Plan ahead

As a member of the RCN you’re entitled to a complimentary, no obligation financial review from Lighthouse Financial Advice. And don’t forget to make use of the RCN’s discounted will writing service, RCN Law.

Take care of yourself 

Take a look at the RCN’s Healthy Workplace, Healthy You toolkit and find out how it could help your workplace.

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Bookmark the RCN Magazines website 

Read articles on the go. Visit RCN Magazines for unmissable features and exclusive online content.

Further your knowledge

Why not sign up for an event or complete an online module? The RCN is committed to lifelong learning and our members' development.

Visit the RCN library diversity exhibition 

While you’re there find out a bit more about RCN headquarters in London and discover its rich and interesting past (there’s even a ghost!).


Do a career evaluation

Are you where you want to be? If not, how will you get there? Why not update your CV and make use of the RCN careers service?

Sign up to an RCN forum 

Join colleagues working in your nursing specialty to drive forward professional change and innovation.

Spread the word 

Tell a colleague about the benefits of RCN membership and help strengthen the organisation. The RCN is only as strong as its members.

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Commemorate a milestone 

The NHS turns 70 this year. Long live the NHS.

Vote in an RCN election

Or stand for election yourself. It can open so many doors and help you make the changes you want to see a reality.

Organise a wellbeing event 

When everyone is busy, looking after staff wellbeing becomes even more vital. Consider organising yoga, mindfulness sessions or an event for charity at your workplace.


Explore social media

Join the RCN Facebook page, check out your forum’s social media presence, and follow the RCN’s Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Take the time to check in

Spare five minutes for someone who looks stressed at work. Or take a minute to check in with a newly-registered colleague to see how they’re doing.

Attend RCN Congress

The biggest event in the nursing calendar is taking place in Belfast from 12-16 May 2018. It’s free to attend so book today.


Are you doing Dry January?

Dry January is a public health campaign urging people to abstain from alcohol for the month. Are you taking part? Let us know. Email bulletin@rcn.org.uk

 Words by Sophie Lowthian

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