About the RCN


As the UK’s largest professional nursing organisation, the Royal College of Nursing’s (RCN) mission is to represent nurses and nursing, promote excellence in practice and shape health policy. And in 2016 we'll have been doing this for 100 years.

Recognising the value of nursing staff in all their diversity, we support the professional and academic development of our 430,000 members - who comprise an impressive resource of professional expertise and leadership.

Our member-led organisation is also a trade union. We provide nurses with a voice locally, nationally and internationally; lobbying governments to develop health care practice and improve patient care, whilst ensuring the nursing team is valued and protected in the workplace.

Find out more about us at www.rcn.org.uk