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RCN reiterates call on employers to protect nursing staff during second heat wave

Staff must be allowed to take regular breaks and stay hydrated as temperatures rise

Vote to strike: RCN members urged to support industrial action in strike ballot over NHS pay 

Hundreds of thousands of nursing staff in England and Wales will soon have the chance to vote on whether to take historic strike action.

Candidates for RCN President election announced and Deputy President re-elected

RCN members will vote for their new RCN President between 24 October and 28 November. Tracey Budding has been re-elected to the role of Deputy President unopposed. 

RCN lobbying success as changes are made to international recruitment code of practice

New guidance to avoid overseas nursing staff paying unfair fees will be included, but we continue to push for data on recruitment from ‘red list’ countries.

RCN Scotland pay ballot now closed

RCN representative members in Scotland will shortly be considering the next steps after the pay ballot closed at 5pm today (4 August). The full result of the ballot will be received shortly.  

PM hopeful Liz Truss’ comments on pay were ‘an attack on NHS values’

Would-be PM's proposal was an insult to nursing professionals, says RCN, as nursing staff get ready to have their say on industrial strike action in England and Wales. 

Fair pay for nursing: Nursing staff on Isle of Man willing to consider industrial action

Huge turn turnout in RCN ballot over ‘insulting’ pay offer finds the majority of Manx Care nursing staff would be willing to take industrial action. 

Greener nursing: booking now open for joint RCN and NHS England Sustainability in Nursing Conference

Nursing staff and midwives have an integral role to play in tackling climate change while improving patient care.

Sustainable glove use: protecting your hands while protecting the planet

New online resource helps members understand the principles and practice of sustainable glove use while looking after their skin 

Health and Social Care Committee reports highlight workforce crisis

The RCN, who provided evidence for both reports, calls on ministers to prioritise safe staffing amidst serious safety concerns

NHS Pay in Wales: RCN to ballot members in Wales on industrial action

We’ll consult members on what action they want to take in response to another inadequate below inflation pay deal.

Public support for nursing staff going on strike builds

New poll shows 60% of the public would support a strike by nurses as the RCN prepares to ballot its members over NHS pay in England.  

NHS pay deal for England: RCN to ballot members on industrial action

We’ll consult members on what action they want to take in response to the below-inflation pay deal. 

RCN research shows huge numbers of patients being treated in corridors and on trollies

More than a quarter of nursing staff in hospitals across the UK say patient care is being compromised due to treatment taking place in the wrong setting.  

Drop in nursing programme applications a 'real cause for concern'

Ministers must prioritise attracting the next generation of people to the profession, starting with fair pay, insists the RCN.

'Gendered notions of nursing fail to match the reality of our complex profession'

RCN leader responds to new report showing huge gender pay gap in health care sector globally.

RCN members in Scotland urged to take urgent action on NHS pay ballot

From today (12 July) RCN Scotland members working in the NHS can have their say on the Scottish government pay offer for 2022-23. Members working in NHS Scotland on Agenda for Change contracts are receiving emails and letters to enable them to vote. 

MPs vote to approve regulations to use agency staff to cover striking workers

RCN condemns proposed law change and believes it’s an attempt to make strike action ineffective.

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