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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


Climate change: nurses can help make health care more sustainable

The RCN has published a statement of how it intends to help tackle the climate change crisis. It stresses the negative consequences of global warming on people’s health and says these will be catastrophic if urgent action isn’t taken.


RCN council election results are revealed

Thirteen members are set to take up seats on the RCN’s governing Council in January. Members have been voted into RCN Council seats representing UK constituencies and nursing support worker members. Members have been elected for four years with their term of office from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023.


NHS bodies say government must be clear on who is accountable for the nursing workforce

NHS England and NHS Improvement have responded to RCN members’ calls for clarity on workforce roles and responsibilities in England and recommended the government take action.


Homeless hospital discharge nursing

A small number of nurses have been finding ways to serve the health needs of the UK’s growing homeless population. Sam Dorney-Smith explains how they’re making care more inclusive


Join our campaign for safe staffing

Without safe staffing levels in place, nursing staff are struggling to provide patients with the safe and effective care they would like to, and which patients deserve. We're calling for safe and effective care to be enshrined in law in each UK country.


RCN Infection Prevention and Control Programme - Acquire the skills to fight antimicrobial resistance

The RCN's Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) programme will help you to develop your clinical and leadership skills through a unique course of learning and its application into practice.


Responding to climate change

RCN position statement. Balancing the risks of climate change and the need for immediate action will be challenging for the RCN and its members. There is personal action that individual nurses can take, changes and action that the RCN can make. Nurses can protect the health of the public and influence change but we must act now.


RCN Peer Support: Removing Disabling Barriers at Work

This guidance provides tools and approaches to remove barriers at work for health care professionals for with long-term conditions, physical impairments, mental ill health and neurodiversity. It has been created based on the lived experience of the RCN Peer Support Group.


Latest RCN Blogs

Latest blogs include: Inspiring and supporting people with long-term health conditions to get active, RCN Council meeting update, Celebrating Diversity in Nursing, and First Anniversary of the Homeless Reduction Act (HRA) and the ‘Duty to Refer’.


Latest RCN magazine articles

Latest articles include: Climate change: nurses can help make health care more sustainable, RCN Council election results are revealed, NHS bodies say government must be clear on who is accountable for the nursing workforce, Northern Ireland strike ballot scheduled for October, Public urged to pressure government to fix the nursing workforce crisis and Help beat the flu.



Flight Nursing Workshop 2019

19 Oct 2019 09:00 - 16:30 RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN. Are you a nurse working in or interested in the aviation medicine industry? This is an excellent opportunity to gain relevant and useful CPD and network with fellow flight nurses.


Ophthalmic Nursing Conference

02 Nov 2019 08:45 - 16:30, RCN London, 20 Cavendish Square , Marylebone , London, W1G 0RN. Join us for this one day conference and benefit from the latest updates and developments to help you stay ahead in your career. Whether you are new to ocular health or an expert in your field, this event offers a supportive environment to reflect on your practice within the wider context of ophthalmic nursing. Book before 11 August 2019 to secure your 15% early bird discount.


From Maggots to Matrons: Rituals and Myths in Nursing. Book launch

06 Nov 2019 17:30 - 19:30, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN. Claire Laurent’s Rituals & Myths in Nursing: A Social History (Pen & Sword, 2019) explores the history behind those rituals, challenges the more absurd and celebrates the increasing complexity of the job that is nursing. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.


Women's Health Conference and Exhibition

13 Nov 2019, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. We welcome all those who work in women’s nursing from gynaecology ward nurses to practice and specialist nurses. We also welcome students and those newly practicing. The conference will be an invaluable platform for you to network with your fellow colleagues and to be a part of the discussion. You will leave the conference feeling informed, enlightened and with a new energy to engage with the challenges you face within your profession.


Annual Hawking MND Lecture

20 Nov 2019, Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G 0RN. Join us online or in person for the Hawking MND lecture where leading research is presented on different aspects of MND/ALS. This year’s focus is nutrition. This free lecture is a collaboration between the MND Association and the RCN to further understanding and knowledge of the long-term and progressive neurological condition, MND/ALS.


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The RCN runs seminars, workshops and conferences throughout the year. Hear about professional nursing issues from expert speakers, exchange ideas with colleagues, and learn about the latest research and innovation in your area of practice.

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