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Nursing Associates and Trainee Nursing Associates

Join the trade union and professional body for nursing


As the world's largest trade union and professional body for nursing, we are here to support you.

Access learning resources, workplace protection and advice, welfare guidance, counselling, immigration advice, exclusive member discounts and more when you become a member of the RCN.

Become a member

Your membership benefits

As a Nursing Associate or Trainee Nursing Associate, you can join us through our nursing support worker category of membership. This means you'll gain access to the same membership benefits as registered nurses, but for a reduced fee. Nursing support worker membership costs just £4.10 per month for your first year with us, rising to £8.20 per month thereafter.

Explore the boxes below to familiarise yourself with what you can access, get involved with, and enjoy as an RCN member. 

Learning resources

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

Exclusive member discounts

Save money with over 3,000 retailers, plus enjoy preferential rates and deals on insurance, will writing and financial advice.

Workplace representation

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

Campaign with us

We continue to campaign for safe staffing and fair pay for the whole nursing workforce. Join our campaigns and use your voice to demand change.

Member support services

Access confidential telephone counselling, welfare guidance, immigration advice and more from our in-house advice team.

Career ideas and inspiration

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


Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for nursing support worker membership, you must work providing health or social care under the guidance and supervision of a registered nurse, midwife or health visitor and not be on a professional register (such as NMC or HCPC), unless you are a nursing associate, or it is a register held by the Scottish Social Services Council or the Northern Ireland Social Care Council. 


Membership costs


 Monthly rate

*After tax relief 

Nursing support worker (first year discount)



Nursing support worker (standard)



Nursing support worker (on career break and maternity leave)



Nursing support worker (retired members)



* tax relief may vary depending on your tax situation

Find out more about how you can claim tax relief on your RCN subscription.