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RCN highlights

News and updates from the RCN

Highlights of the latest RCN publications, policies, events and consultations relating to quality and safety.

The latest news from the RCN on professional issues including publications, policy briefings, events and NICE consultations.

RCN Highlights


Write off student loan overpayments

The RCN has called on the Education Secretary to investigate and write-off loan overpayments made to students.


Action needed now to attract nursing students

The RCN has called on ministers to take urgent action to encourage students to apply for nursing courses starting this year.


8 things you need to know about the NHS pay deal

Every member working for the NHS in England will get a pay rise of at least 6.5% over three years. That’s for those at the top of their band. If you’re in the middle, you could get much more, up to 29%.


The RCN’s UK position on consent for organ and tissue donation after death

Between January and February 2018 the RCN surveyed members across the UK to gather their views on consent for organ and tissue donation after death. This is the new position statement.


Women’s Health cards Part 2

. Part 2 of these handy pocket guides covers multiple women’s health topics including contraception, uterine fibroids and cervical cancer.



This publication aims to help health care professionals gain awareness of the menopause and the safety and efficacy of modern therapy options available.


An RCN Education and Career Progression Framework for Fertility Nursing

This framework enables those interested in pursuing a career in fertility nursing to consider how they can plan their career pathway.


Library events leaflet

Find out about the events and exhibitions taking place at RCN libraries across the UK, including the new Pandemic! exhibition at RCN London HQ.



RCN International Nursing Research Conference 2018

16 Apr 2018 10:00 - 18 Apr 16:30, College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT. Exchange views with opinion-formers and leading researchers at this important nursing research event and lead transformation in nursing through evidence-based practice.


RCN Congress

Saturday 12 - Wednesday 16 May 2018, Belfast Waterfront. RCN Congress is a fantastic opportunity for members to meet, learn, develop professionally and share excellent nursing practice. Don't miss out on a chance to inform the RCN agenda and influence nursing and health policies through debate.


“Please Matron” Hospital hygiene in 1901

18 June 2018, 17:30 - 19:30, Cowdray Hall, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Experience what it was like to be a Victorian nursing student in 1900, as Matron Gordon shows what life was like in the Nightingale Training School at the end of the 19th century. This hour-long dramatic reconstruction of a lecture to probationer nurses around 1900 demonstrates how important nurses were in maintaining standards of hygiene and cleanliness in hospitals.


Let me take care of you: A comparison of care

25 Jun 2018 14:00 - 19:00, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Imperial College Centre for Engagement and Simulation Science (ICCESS) invite you to an immersive event exploring the expressions of care in two different yet complementary settings: fine dining and day surgery. Find out for yourself what the similarities and differences are and join the discussion about learning between the professions to improve patient experience.


RCN School Nurses Conference & Exhibition 2018

22 August 2018, Registration 8.45am, conference 9.45am – 4.15pm, Amba Hotel, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7EH. Are you a school nurse that feels isolated in your profession? Could you benefit from the opportunity to network with professionals in your field? No matter what your level of experience, if you are a school nurses or an aspiring school nurses working within a school or educational setting, you are invited to join us for this day of learning and professional development. support, immunisation, asthma management and managing weight loss in obese children. Secure your place today.


Advanced Nurse Practitioner Conference

10 Sep 2018 09:15 - 15:25, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. This year’s conference explores the diversity of ANP practice across the UK. Attend this conference to: increase your professional self-awareness; understand further career pathways; strengthen networks with like-minded practitioners; update on credentialing and advanced practice education and share specialist expert research, knowledge and practice.


G-I-N 2018

11 – 14 September 2018, The Principal Hotel, Manchester. Registration for G-I-N 2018 is now open! This event is an exciting opportunity for all those who work with guidelines in health and care to come together; from development and methodology through to implementation and evaluation.


Pandemic! Launch of the RCN infection control exhibition

From April 2018 17:30 - 20:00. 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Join us for the launch of our new exhibition, Pandemic!, exploring infection control nursing in outbreaks from the First World War flu pandemic to Ebola.

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