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Retired members

Stay connected

Remain an integral part of the RCN and continue to contribute experience and expertise. Here you’ll find some of the services and benefits available to you at a reduced cost as an RCN retired member. 

From 1 May 2022 two changes have been made to the retired membership category:  

  1. Regulations will now be amended to enable members who retire with less than half their term of office remaining, and who stay in a full membership payment plan, to serve out the remaining terms of office even if their retirement means they no longer meet the eligibility criteria. 
  2. The current requirement to be retired from all forms of employment will be changed to ‘to be retired from all forms of nursing employment’ to receive the reduced retired membership fee.  

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Member discounts

Now with more time on your hands, explore the discounts and offers available to you.



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Join us at the UK's largest nursing-specific event, explore the programme or catch-up on previous debates.

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Enjoy peace of mind with access to the largest in-house legal team of any nursing union in the UK. We're there for you.

RCN National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Network

By joining the RCN National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Network you can keep up to date with the activities of your elected members who are representing you at the NPC.

You can also find out more about NPC and its work to promote the welfare and interests of all pensioners, as a way of securing dignity, respect and financial security in retirement.  Network members receive regular newsletters from their elected representatives and access to the network’s Facebook group for information sharing, discussion and debate.

Membership of the network is available to RCN members who are over 50 and in receipt of a pension.  To join simply contact RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 or visit MyRCN.

RCN NPC Network Facebook Group

RCN National Pensioners Convention (NPC) Network Facebook group has been established to facilitate engagement with members of the network and to provide a place to exchange views and ideas.

Since retiring I have the time to go to the cinema more and at a cheaper cost using RCNXtra.  I keep up-to-date with the Bulletin and participate in the History of Nursing Group.

Nora, retired member

Not a member?

Registered nurses and midwives who have now retired can benefit from retired membership for only 84p per month.

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