The Royal College of Nursing

http://www.rcn.org.uk

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The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is the world's largest nursing union and professional body. They represent nurses, student nurses, midwives and healthcare assistance in the UK and overseas. Initially established as the College of Nursing, the organisation had just 34 members. It has since evolved and now has more than 435,000 members around the world. They aim to inspire others to greater heights and encourage members to be passionate about developing themselves and others, while pushing themselves out of their comfort zone. The RCN choose an annual charity to support, with the most recent being The Big Issue Foundation. Fundraising included coffee mornings, running, jumble sales, dress-up and donate days, volunteering at local clubs and contributions to their Big Knit campaign. Staff can also take two paid days of volunteering leave for a good cause outside of the annual chosen charity.

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I believe I can make a valuable contribution to the success of this organisation

The GEMS recognition scheme sees hard work and excellence publicly recognised. Everyone who awards a GEM has to include a reason, showcasing how staff live and breathe the core values in their day-to-day work. To date, 1,754 GEMs have been awarded.

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87% of staff agreed

People in my team go out of their way to help me

There's an immersive 12-month development programme to help managers realise their leadership potential. It starts with a 360-degree feedback exercise and teaches three intensive modules: Self (Insight), Team (Inspire) and Change (Adapt). Participants also complete a 1,500-word personal self-reflection after each module.

Giving Something Back

88% of staff agreed

My organisation encourages charitable activities

Continuing Conversations measures performance through ongoing one-to-one conversations throughout the year with line managers, ending in a 4QReview, measuring performance against four key questions. Meanwhile, the Global Challenge initiative is particularly popular. In summer 2018, 175 people pledged to walk 10,000 steps every day for 100 days.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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