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Membership for newly registered nurses

Join the world's largest nursing union and professional body

50% discount membership - just £8.20 per month for newly registered nurses in their first year of registration with the NMC.

By joining the RCN as a newly registered nurse (NRN), you’ll benefit both professionally and personally. We’re here to help with difficulties, as well as your development – with the largest legal team of any UK union, a 365-days-a-year helpline, access to Europe’s largest nursing library, member discount offers and much more.

Benefits of RCN membership

By joining the RCN, you'll benefit both professionally and personally, and with access to our helpline, we'll be here when you need us. 

As a member, you'll gain access to:

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Workplace representation

Covering everything from workplace employment issues to NMC referrals, we have local reps, officers, and a legal team on hand to support you.

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Be part of a professional body

With dedicated learning events, Europe's largest nursing library resource, and online educational tools, you'll have plenty of opportunity for professional development.

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Careers resource

Explore the next step in your career with our telephone career coaching. Tailored online resources can also help you with CV writing, career ideas and inspiration.

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Member support services

As an RCN member, you can get free, confidential help and advice on a range of issues that affect you at home and at work. 

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Member discounts

Recoup the cost of your membership with discounts at over 3,000 retailers, plus enjoy preferential rates and deals on insurance, will writing and financial advice.

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Get involved

Campaign with us and use your voice to demand change for nursing. 

Not only that,

  • RCN Starting Out - A dedicated online resource for RCN students and newly registered nurse members, providing the latest knowledge, expertise and support all in one place. Access online or save to your phone.
  • We have the largest in-house legal team of any UK union. We can support you with representation at inquests, in workplace criminal matters and injury claims.
  • Why not join one of our many member forums, connecting individuals with shared career interests and shaping the voice of the RCN.
  • And, if you are an RCN member and in employment, you can apply to become an RCN steward, safety representative or learning representative. Learn more.

Here's how our existing members are utilising their membership:

NRN Handbook

RCN members can access the newly registered nurse handbook, which provides guidance on employment, career planning and more.

NRN Money Guide

RCN members can also access our Money Guide, an online resource which helps ensure you are making the most of your money when you graduate. See a preview of the money guide.

NRN Network

Created by NRNs for NRNs, we aim to add the unique perspective of the newly registered to the voice of nursing while providing peer-to-peer support and guidance at the beginning of the nursing journey.

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