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RCN membership

Get a huge range of benefits when you join the RCN, including protection and support in the workplace, professional development and the opportunity to shape future health care.

Join the RCN today and become part of the UK's largest nursing union.

What we do

The RCN is the UK's largest union and professional body for nursing. We currently have over 420,000 members who are nurses, midwives, health care support workers and students from across a range of sectors and nursing disciplines.

We represent nurses and nursing and we lobby government and other professional bodies to make sure our views are heard where it counts. Your experiences will help to shape the development of future nursing policy both in the UK and internationally.

What you'll get

As an RCN member, you'll get representation and support when you need it.

You will also have access to a range of other exclusive member benefits and services.

Find the RCN membership category that's right for you:

Nurse member Student member Health practitioner membership
Nurse membership
(including midwives)
Student membership Health practitioner

(for health care assistants and assistant practitioners)

Regulations covering eligibility for RCN membership, the membership categories, the different payment plans and associated governance rights are set out in The RCN Definitions of Membership (PDF 126KB) [see how to access PDF files], which is approved by RCN Council.