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The RCN runs a range of campaigns that promote nursing, champion high quality care, and fight against harmful cuts to health care.

Nursing Counts

Fighting for fair pay and conditions for nursing staff. Salaries for nursing staff are lagging behind the cost of living and you’re losing out as a result. Find out what it’s costing you. Nurses and HCAs do complex and challenging jobs. Tell us your story so we can spread the word about the work you do.

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What if...?  

Our What if...? campaign fights for fair pay and better conditions for nursing staff at a time when health services are under constant threat of government cuts.

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Frontline First

In a time when significant cuts are being made in the NHS, our Frontline First campaign empowers nursing staff to speak out against cuts that impact on patient care, which we use to highlight areas of concern and influence change. The other two themes in this campaign allow staff to expose wasteful practices and highlight innovations and new ideas that are cost effective but protect quality care.

Get the latest news and let us know about the impact of cuts, waste and innovation where you work at: frontlinefirst.rcn.org.uk

Small Changes, Big Differences

Nursing staff are on the frontline of patient care, using clinical products on a daily basis, which makes them ideally placed to be involved in the procurement of clinical supplies.  The Small Changes, Big Differences campaign is aimed at senior nursing management and offers guidance and advice on how to embed procurement processes that can add real value by involving their nursing staff. 

Find out more at www.rcn.org.uk/smallchanges 

This is Nursing

This is nursing is an initiative by the RCN to promote nursing and to educate people about just how much it involves; from the skill and expertise that take years to develop, to the care and compassion provided to every patient.

The initiative aims to get people involved in nursing; through taking part in surveys, watching films, and sharing the latest news with friends and colleagues.

Every minute of every day nursing staff make a huge difference to millions of lives. This is a profession where joy and sadness come in equal measure, where inspiration is met by frustration, and where courage must outweigh fear. This is nursing is a platform for us to tell the world about the incredible work those working in nursing do.

Find out more at www.rcn.org.uk/thisisnursing

Nurses' Day

Each year the RCN heads up the UK's activities in celebration Nurses' Day. Known across the globe as International Nurses' Day, it falls every year on 12 May (Florence Nightingale's birthday), and is a chance for everyone to come together and recognise those working in nursing.

We ask patients and nursing staff alike to share their stories with us; to tell us why the people who care for them are so important, and to spread the word about why working in health care is what they love doing.

You can catch up with this year's activities at www.rcn.org.uk/nursesday

Fighting the South West Pay Cartel

We are opposing regional pay across the UK, but most notably been fighting a particularly active cartel in the South West of England.

Fortunately the hard work of staff and members in the region has paid off, but we know regional changes to pay and conditions are an ongoing issue, and will continue to fight against them.

Read more about our campaign in the South West.


The RCN is proud of the diversity within the nursing community and champions Pride events across the UK .

Visit our Proud webpages to find out how you can get involved, which events we're attending and to view our gallery of photos from events we've been to.

Previous campaigns

  • Dignity - the RCN's 'Dignity: at the heart of everything we do' gave support and direction to the UK's nursing workforce during delivery of care for patients and clients of any health status in every setting.
  • Nutrition now - Nutrition now is a clinical campaign launched by the RCN to raise standards of nutrition and hydration in hospitals and the community.
  • Nursing Counts General Election 2015Nursing Counts 2015 was the RCN's general election campaign; it provided a platform for nursing staff to learn about the election, encouraged candidates to engage with the RCN’s manifesto priorities and empowered nurses to make their voices heard at the ballot box.