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The Royal College of Nursing
) is a union membership organisation with over 395,000 members in the United Kingdom
. It was founded in 1916, receiving its Royal Charter
in 1928, Queen Elizabeth II
is the patron. Most members are registered nurses
but student nurses and healthcare assistants are also admitted.
The RCN describes its mission as representing nurses
, promoting excellence in practice and shaping health
policies. It has a network of stewards, safety
representatives and union learning representatives as well as advice services for members. Services include a main library
and regional libraries around the country. The RCN Institute also provides courses for nurses.
On 1 April 2010 the RCN announced the launch of the RCN Foundation – an independent charity to support nursing and improve the health and wellbeing of the public. The new foundation will undertake a number of activities including giving grants for improving nursing practice through activities that, for example, support the development of clinical practice and improve the quality and standard of patient care and experience.
The headquarters are at 20 Cavendish Square, London, a grade II listed building
.which was built as a substantial townhouse in 1729 and became the residence of British Prime Minister H. H. Asquith
. The building was refronted and... Read More