Half of universities in England consider axing learning disability nurse courses as number of specialist nurses falls by 40% in eight years.
Ministers must look again at student funding, the RCN says, as nursing degree applications fall further.
RCN calls for suicide prevention training to be introduced for all nursing staff.
The RCN has pledged its support for #iwill, a campaign that promotes social action among 10-20 year olds.
The RCN warns that taking away financial support is likely to further decrease student nurse numbers.
The RCN has called on the Education Secretary to investigate and write-off loan overpayments made to students.
The RCN has called on the Student Loans Company (SLC) to write off the overpayments which could leave many struggling.
The number of students starting nursing degree courses is likely to fall again this year unless the Government takes urgent action, an RCN report has said.
A Health Committee report demands a reversal of cuts to nurses’ CPD budgets, further assurances for EU staff and close monitoring of the removal of nursing bursaries.
The RCN has called on the Government to lift the NHS out of the current “dangerous and downward” spiral.