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  • What we do:
    Trade union and professional body
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    • Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0RN
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About Royal College of Nursing

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.

What is it like to work for Royal College of Nursing

My Manager
My Manager
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.
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.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
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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  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

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  • Gym

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  • Pensions

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  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Development

    Non work related training supported

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to all staff

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