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Northern Ireland members stage historic first day of industrial action

RCN members working in Health and Social Care (HSC) services across Northern Ireland started a programme of industrial action, following a recent ballot. It’s the first time in the RCN’s 103-year history that members have voted to take such action.


Nursing staff stretched to breaking point over workloads

Findings from the RCN’s recent employment survey show that nursing staff across the UK are under such pressure that six out of 10 say they cannot provide the level of care they want to. The survey also shows that barely a quarter of respondents think their pay is appropriate for the level of responsibility and stress they face at work.


Records broken in new nurse vacancy data for England

New records are being set for nurse shortages in the NHS in England with the latest data confirming even previously reported record highs underestimate the scale of the problem. The news comes on the same day an RCN survey reveals six out of 10 frontline staff feel they can’t give the level of care they want to due to staff shortages.


Action needed to support retention of nursing staff in Wales

National action across Wales needs to be taken to support the retention of nursing staff, so safe nurse staffing levels can be achieved, the RCN has said. The comments were made as RCN Wales launched a new report that provides detail on the progress made by health boards on nurse staffing in the past 18 months.


Fixing the nursing workforce crisis more urgent than ever, as A&E delays hit worst level on record

NHS England has published its monthly performance statistics, showing delays in A&E have hit their worst level since records began. The number of emergency patients waiting more than four hours for a hospital bed in October leapt by over 15,000 since the previous month, while the number stuck on trolleys for more than 12 hours increased by 60%.


'Inspiring leader' named RCN Wales Nurse of the Year

Jean Saunders has been named the RCN Wales Nurse of the Year 2019. She was recognised for her work supporting asylum seekers in her care. She is their advocate and fights passionately for their rights. Jean has also carried out research and collected statistics to evaluate services for asylum seekers, using the data to influence health policy and improve services for this client group.


‘Health and care services can no longer survive on the goodwill of nursing staff’

The health and care service in the UK can no longer survive on the goodwill of nursing staff, who work above and beyond to ensure their patients are safe in very challenging environments. That’s the message from RCN Chief Executive & General Secretary Dame Donna Kinnair in letters to party leaders across the UK.


Beating burnout

Three RCN members share their research, advice and innovations on how to overcome work-related stress and fatigue. The RCN campaign, Healthy Workplace, Healthy You, supports nursing professionals to lead healthy lifestyles so they can maintain both physical and mental wellbeing.


Starting Injectable Treatments in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes 3rd Edition

This guidance has been developed as a resource for nurses and clinical staff working in general practice and community settings to effectively care for people living with type 2 diabetes, who are starting or using injectable treatments.


RCN magazines

Latest news includes: Ask your prospective parliamentary candidate to become a nursing champion, fixing the nursing workforce crisis more urgent than ever, as A&E delays hit worst level on record, inspiring leader named RCN Wales Nurse of the Year and RCN Council approves dates for industrial action and strike action in Northern Ireland.


RCN blogs

Latest blogs include: What do nursing staff want from a future UK Government? Donna Kinnair reflects on the parties’ promises on nursing, what more needs to be done to reduce the risk and impact of antimicrobial resistance, Why we need to make staff wellbeing a priority, and use your democratic right to choose who represents you.



The value of care: Women's work and emotional labour

29 Jan 2020 17:00 - 19:00 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Nursing "is essentially women's work" wrote a journalist in the Yorkshire Observer in 1919. Join a panel of historians, nurses and social scientists to explore why nursing remains undervalued in terms of status and pay, and how we might change this for future generations of health workers.


Nursing and Midwifery First

07 Feb 2020, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. 2020 has been designated the International year of the Nurse and Midwife in honour of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale. Recognising the contribution of nursing and midwifery to sustainable health 200 years on, this half day event will showcase the work of the Royal College of Nursing that enables nurses and midwives to deliver high quality, equitable and rewarding care.


RCN and NaTHNaC Travel Health Conference 2020

08 Feb 2020 09:00 - 16:30, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. Travel Health 2020 will provide a unique opportunity to learn how to address these challenges more effectively. The programme includes travel vaccines, rheumatological conditions, mental health and travel with cancer. There is an opportunity to bring your own cases to ask our panel of experts in a wide range of fields.


Pain in older people workshop

26 Feb 2020 10:30 - 15:00, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. Presented by the RCN Pain and Palliative Care Forum and the RCN Older Persons Forum the workshop will explore common causes of pain in older people and provide practical guidance on assessment and ongoing management.


RCN Fertility Nursing Conference 2020

14 Mar 2020, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. Brought to you by the RCN Fertility Nursing Forum, this conference is an unmissable opportunity to get the latest updates and developments to enhance your professional practice and improve patient outcomes. You will hear from expert speakers on a range topics including the latest treatment options for endometriosis, recurrent miscarriage and its impact on couples and sperm washing for viral positive patients.

Nightingale 2020

Transforming the Impact of Nursing on Global Health and Care

27 – 28 October, ExCel, London. Transforming the Impact of Nursing on Global Health and Care. This agenda-setting international conference will showcase how nurses and midwives can work collectively to transform global health and care for everyone, everywhere. Nightingale2020 will celebrate Florence Nightingale’s legacy, put the voice of nurses at the heart of health policy and contribute to the World Health Organisation’s work in the Year of the Nurse.


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