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Why join the RCN and British Fertility Society as a nurse member

Francesca Steyn 11 Sep 2023

By becoming a member of the British Fertility Society and the RCN, you gain access to diverse avenues for continuous learning and development.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) and the British Fertility Society (BFS) furnish an unparalleled platform for nurses to establish connections with peers, educators, researchers, and industry pioneers. The networking prospects embedded within these organisations can lead to valuable mentorship, collaborative ventures, and the exchange of insightful experiences. With the evolving healthcare landscape, best practices and technological advancements within fertility nursing continue to evolve as well. By becoming a member of the BFS and RCN, you gain access to diverse avenues for continuous learning and development, encompassing workshops, webinars, conferences, and continuing education opportunities.

Both organisations wield a pivotal role in championing the nursing profession, spanning local, national, and international spheres. As a member, you hold the potential to contribute to shaping nursing policies, elevating patient safety standards, and enhancing healthcare delivery protocols. Additionally, the avenue exists for you to apply for committee roles within the BFS or RCN, fostering the enhancement of your leadership skills and enabling you to exert a substantial influence.

Nursing organisations such as the BFS and RCN frequently acknowledge and celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of nurses through awards and honours, exemplified by the annual RCN awards and the BFS nursing prize presented at the yearly joint conference with the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS), and the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF). Membership elevates your likelihood of being duly recognised for your remarkable achievements.

For further insights on how to initiate your affiliation with the BFS or the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum, we warmly encourage you to reach out to us.

Francesca Steyn, Chair of the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum
Yvonne Wedden, British Fertility Society Nurse Representative

Francesca Steyn

RCN Fertility Nursing Forum Committee Chair

Director of Fertility, Peppy Health

I have been a fertility nurse for 17 years with a special interest in surrogacy and donation and parenthood pathways for LGBTQIA people. I have contributed to national and international fertility nursing conferences and publications and am currently leading the fertility and women's health team at Peppy Health which is a digital, app based health care company. 

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