Quick facts
  • What we do:
    Trade union and prfessional body
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  • Contact
    • Royal College of Nursing, 20 Cavendish Square, London, UK, W1G 0RN

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 in 1916, 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 Age UK. 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
The organisation’s management development programme provides skills and training to ensure managers can support their teams and includes coaching, mentoring, bite-sized learning and shadowing. Action learning activities are set so that employees can continually apply skills they are learning and see real evidence of improvement.
Emotional resilience workshops are part of the organisation’s corporate development programme, helping staff to handle pressure and cope with it. A supporting mental wellbeing at work policy also provides guidance for those who need it and managers participate in a stress awareness and management workshop.
Fair Deal
Fair Deal
Employees are part of a ‘Gems’ recognition scheme, celebrating those that go the extra mile (Gem). Each person receives 25 Gems to award each year and they give these out via the staff intranet, recognising and thanking those who have demonstrated excellence.

Learn more about the 8 factors of workplace engagement here


  • Women

    At least 40% of senior managers are women

  • Holidays

    Companies offering a minimum of 25 days annual leave to all employees

  • Pensions

    Companies offering a final salary, non-contributory pension scheme or one in which the employer puts in at least three times

  • Long Service
    Long Service

    50% of employees with more than 5 years' service

  • Maternity

    At least 10 weeks’ full pay or generous alternative

  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly

    School hours contracts offered to staff

Company Statistics

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  • Male : Female:

    26% / 74%

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