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Applications to study nursing reach record levels as pandemic inspires future nurses

New report reveals surge in 18-year-olds applying to study nursing in England, but RCN warns existing workforce must be better valued. 

RCN announces new Chair and Vice Chair of Students Committee

Lucy Hayes and Suzanne Davies will help amplify student voices in their new roles.

RCN appoints Patricia Marquis as permanent Director for England

Patricia will continue to lead the College’s activities supporting nursing staff across nine regions.

Health care workers must be exempt from reduced COVID-19 self-isolation period in England

RCN says cutting self-isolation to five days could increase the risk of transmission to staff and patients.

RCN issues letter to trust chief execs calling for greater support and reassurance for nursing staff working under extreme pressure

The letter asks trusts not to leave their staff professionally vulnerable after members raise concerns over patient safety.

RCN calls for delay to new law on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for NHS staff in England

Government needs to rethink timing of move that would exacerbate chronic staff shortages.

HSC pay consultation opens

RCN members working for the HSC in Northern Ireland are being asked whether a 3% pay award is acceptable or unacceptable.

FFP3 masks needed as standard demands RCN as sickness absence rates soar

All health care workers must be provided with FFP3 masks when treating people with known or suspected COVID-19.

Post COVID recovery in England jeopardised by staff shortages, report finds

RCN responds to outcome of cross-party inquiry into tackling the backlog of care needs caused by the pandemic, calling for the government to get a grip on workforce planning. 

RCN Professional Nursing Committee Chair and Vice Chair announced 

Rachel Hollis and Siobhan Donald continue in their important advisory roles.

Nominate now for RCN awards

We’re celebrating the hard work and dedication of outstanding members and individuals who have made a significant contribution to the nursing profession.

RCN releases results of member employment survey

New findings paint detailed picture of members’ professional lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committed to international partnership, RCN moves closer to ICN membership

RCN Council confirms decision to re-join International Council of Nurses.

RCN launches new COVID-19 risk assessment tool

The RCN has published a new risk assessment tool for nursing staff treating patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19.

New Chair and Vice Chair of RCN Council announced

Carol Popplestone and Mel Kerr have been elected to the key leadership roles on RCN Council. 

RCN joins other unions in launching legal action over public sector pensions

We’re challenging the government over cost concerns of remedying previous age discrimination.

Next steps in our fight for fair NHS pay

We will continue to build our campaigning strength to influence the pay award for 2022 and beyond.

Professional Qualifications Bill: patient safety concerns heard

Key amendments to the bill have been made, including a new clause protecting and guaranteeing regulators’ autonomy.

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