Got a question about the RCNi Nurse Awards? We hope you find the answer below.

Is there a fee to enter?
No. All entries are free and must be received by Friday 7 February 2020.

Is there a limit to how many entries you can submit?
There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted.

Who can enter?
This is dependent on the category, as listed below:

  • Patients Choice Award
    Entries for this category are accepted from patients and members of the public only. Entries from nurses or colleagues of nurses will not be accepted. Nominees do not need to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Healthcare Assistant Award
    Entries for this category are accepted from individual healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners. Healthcare assistants and assistant practitioners can also be nominated by colleagues such as nurses, managers or consultants. Team entries are accepted for this category. Entrants do not need to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Excellence in Cancer Research Award
    Entrants are accepted from nurses who work on clinical trials in cancer, who are entering as or on behalf of a clinical research nurse, or work as part of a research team that includes clinical research nurses. Entrants do not need to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.
  • Student Nurse Award
    Nursing students and student teams must submit their own entry. Nominations for this award are not accepted.
  • All other categories:
    Entries are accepted from nurses nominating themselves or their own teams or can be submitted on behalf of another nurse or nursing team. Non-nursing colleagues such as managers or consultants may also nominate their nursing colleagues. Entrants do not need to be a member of the Royal College of Nursing.

What is the entry deadline?
All entries must be received via the RCNi Nurse Awards website by Friday 17 January 2020.
Due to popular demand the deadline has been extended to 7 February

When will I know whether my entry has been short-listed?
All entries will be judged online by a specialist panel of judges who will determine the shortlist. All entrants, whether shortlisted or not, will be notified via email to confirm whether their entry has been successful. If applicable, the entrants nominator will also be notified via email at the same time.

I registered my interest in the Awards before entries were open how do I claim my entry extension?
If you registered your interest in the 2020 Awards before entry opening, we will email you details on how to claim your extension to the deadline in December 2019. If you have not received an email from us by January 2020 please get in contact via

Will I get feedback on my entry?
Our judges kindly give up their time to judge the awards voluntarily and due to the high number of entries received individual feedback on each entry is not possible.

When will I find out if my entry has won?
The category winners and overall RCN Nurse of the Year will be announced at the RCNi Nurse Awards ceremony. Winners are not notified before the awards ceremony.

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