The RCN Nursing Awards (formerly the RCNi Nurse Awards) recognise the most impressive nurse-led projects of recent years.

The RCN Nursing Awards celebrate incredible contributions to outstanding patient care and are open to all UK nurses, midwives, health visitors, nursing students and nursing support workers. You do not need to be an RCN member to enter the RCN Nursing Awards.

Covering a wide range of specialties, including learning disability nursing, child health, cancer nursing, mental health nursing and nursing older people, the awards are the highest accolade for nurses in the UK.

We want you to share your experiences of innovative nursing-led projects and inspiring nursing practice so we can highlight the remarkable accomplishments of you and your colleagues in every care setting and at every career stage. We can share your practice with a wider audience, so even more people will benefit from what you do.

Finalists and winners of the RCN Nursing Awards often see their careers accelerate thanks to the recognition and exposure they receive from entering the awards. Many past winners have gone on to even more outstanding achievements and have become influencers in nursing practice on a national scale.


RCNi managing director Rachel Armitage says: 'We are passionate about celebrating nursing excellence across the UK. The RCN Nursing Awards shine a light on the innovative practice and outstanding care delivered day in and day out by nurses and support staff from different specialties and backgrounds.'

Five reasons to enter the awards:

  • Improve patient care by showcasing what you do.
  • Receive national recognition for the work you do.
  • Get unique exposure for your specialty.
  • Network with key nurses and influencers.
  • Celebrate the achievements of your team.

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