RCN congress 2019

Thousands of nurses are gathering in Liverpool for the annual RCN congress, which takes place between Sunday 19 and Thursday 23 May.

In the main hall nurses will be debating big issues including pay, uniforms, sepsis, sexual harassment, decriminalisation of prostitution and how to tackle loneliness.

Fringe events will also cover safe staffing, gang violence, suicide awareness and nurse-led social prescribing.

Make sure to visit this page regularly for the latest congress news, features and opinions, and share our coverage on social media using the link rcni.com/congress-2019.


RCN congress to hear call for mandatory sepsis training for nurses and midwives

Sepsis survivor Tom Ray will use keynote speech to campaign for better support for nurses

RCN congress rejects call to create elected general secretary

Some members believe high-profile role should be split from that of college chief executive

Appeal to nurses: ‘stick by colleagues if they’re caught up in a social media storm’

Staff in controversial care cases face abuse online – with even nurses joining in

RCN congress rejects call to oppose clinical supervision by non-nurses

‘Siloed thinking would mean nurses miss out on valuable expertise’

Congress fringe: ‘RCN’s dual role of professional body and union only makes it stronger’

But college is failing to be a trade union for nurse academics, meeting told

Members divided over whether college should rejoin ICN

International Council of Nurses ‘offers RCN a global seat’, but some question its function

Nurses best-placed to talk to families about DNAR orders, congress hears

Nurses best-placed to talk to families about ‘do not attempt resuscitation’ congress hears

Decriminalise prostitution – it’s the best way to safeguard sex workers’ health

Sexual health nurse Louise Cahill explains why she asked RCN congress to back her call

Investment in district nurses needed as a matter of urgency – report

District nursing is key to success of NHS Long Term Plan – yet the workforce is shrinking

Nitrous oxide: nurses say young people must be warned about the risks of its use

RCN congress will hear that current legislation is not working

Strike action must always be an option for members, says RCN general secretary

Dame Donna Kinnair takes aim at politicians for forcing nurses to cope with workforce crisis

Congress backs call to lobby government to decriminalise prostitution

Sexual health nurse tells members this is the model backed by evidence – and sex workers

Nurses send a safe staffing message to Matt Hancock

Hundreds at RCN congress sign giant letter calling on health secretary to back law in England

Escalation of youth violence piles pressure on care providers

Violence epidemic is placing new demands on healthcare staff beyond the clinical

RCN leader demands return of £1 bln to nurse education

Donna Kinnair tells RCN congress the profession’s goodwill is being abused

‘Once in a generation’ chance to get UK-wide safe staffing laws – RCN president

Anne Marie Rafferty issues rousing call at congress for UK-wide safe staffing laws
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RCN congress 2019: your quick guide to what’s on the agenda

Nurses’ pay, staffing levels, clinical issues and bullying to be discussed

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Congress on 19-23 May can be a great platform to generate and share ideas

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