Comments come as research shows four in 10 nurses earn below the minimum income standard.
Frontline nursing staff today handed a petition of 67,000 names to Downing Street, opposing the UK Government’s policy on public sector pay.
The RCN has warned that the number of assaults on nursing staff is on the rise and at risk of worsening, as the Government confirms that associated data will no longer be collected and scrutinised.
The RCN says the Government must make nursing staff from Europe feel welcome, as figures show more are leaving and fewer joining the NHS.
The RCN has said that health and care providers must give urgent assurances that services are safe for patients this winter, after new analysis reveals falling nurse numbers.
The RCN is launching a new exhibition celebrating the diversity of the nursing workforce and its historical relevance to the profession.
In a victory for the RCN and its members, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has today said the 1% pay cap for NHS staff has been scrapped.
The results have been announced from the elections for the RCN Trade Union Committee.
RCN calls for new legislation as thousands of members reveal chronic nursing shortages.
The RCN will move towards balloting members on industrial action if the 1% cap on NHS pay is not lifted in the November budget.