RCN Scotland

RCN Scotland

Representing nurses, health care support workers, nursing students and midwives across Scotland

We campaign on issues of concern to nursing staff and patients, influencing health policies and promoting excellence in nursing practice on behalf of our members.

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Fair Pay for Nursing

Our indicative ballot on industrial action on pay closed last month. Find out more about the ballot result, RCN Scotland’s trade dispute with Scottish Government and NHS employers, and our Fair Pay for Nursing campaign.

NHS pensions in Scotland

Changes to pension contributions for staff working in the NHS in Scotland are anticipated from April 2022

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Update your details

Now, more than ever, we need to make sure we have the most up to date contact details for you. Visit MyRCN today and update your details
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Find information about what we are doing to support you, clinical guidance and advice about COVID-19 and work and other employment issues.

Unsustainable pressures

Browse our resources designed to support you during the coming months as you continue to work under pressure to ensure services are delivered in a safe and timely manner across health and care

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How we influenced candidates in the Scottish election 2021

Read about our priorities for this Scottish Parliament
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Due to ongoing developments related to COVID-19 pandemic, as a precaution, the RCN Scotland office in Edinburgh (including the RCN learning hub) is closed until further notice. Please note that whilst the office is closed, the RCN remains open for business as usual, with services from the closed offices and libraries continuing remotely.

Check the RCN COVID-19 webpage for information and advice; contact RCN Direct on 0345 772 6100 - 8.30am-5pm weekdays, 9am-4pm weekends; or use our online advice form   

Follow RCN Scotland on Twitter and Facebook for updates and information.

You can also find contact details for members of the RCN Scotland teams.

Organising for Change

Have you considered joining in our Organising for Change training and development programme? Find out more about how this new model can help you influence for change in your workplace. 
Nursing Matters Podcast

Nursing Matters Podcast

Listen and subscribe to #NursingMatters - a new podcast from the RCN Professional Nursing Committee -  discussing what really matters to nursing. 
Become an e-campaigner


Be the first to hear about our campaigns - sign up to receive a regular email with quick and easy online actions you can take to support our campaigns.

RCN Magazines

The RCN Magazines have gone digital. Visit our new online platform for all the usual unmissable features, incisive analysis and expert opinion.

Share your experiences with us

In these extraordinary times we want to hear your story wherever you are working - in our communities, care homes or hospitals.

We will use what you share anonymously to inform our work to support our members and to influence decision makers on your behalf.
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  • 17 Jan 2022

    RCN Scotland comments on nursing students starting their placement

    Responding to the Scottish government’s announcement about nursing students starting their placements, Royal College of Nursing Interim Director Colin Poolman said: “It is important to be clear that this cohort of nursing students are going in to clinical areas to learn as part of their programme requirements, not to be part of the workforce. It is absolutely vital that, even during the pandemic, nursing students have access to a safe and supportive learning environment and their supernumerary status as learners is retained.

  • 12 Jan 2022

    High levels of staff absence are cause for concern

    Scottish government figures on staff absence published today show a continued increase in the number of nursing staff off work as a result of COVID-19. 

Supporting our members who work in care homes

The RCN is committed to supporting our members who work in care homes. 

We've developed a set of information and resources to assist you in providing high quality care to residents.
Webinars on Complex Conversations and Decisions for Care Home Leaders


As a registered nurse or midwife you must revalidate every three years to continue practising.

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Join in the work of your local RCN branch.

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Library and information services

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Page last updated - 14/12/2021