The judging process for the RCN Nursing Awards 2022 is split into two stages, and follows the key dates below:

Key dates
Launch Monday 24 January
Entry deadline Friday 25 March
Stage 1: Online judging Monday 25 April - Wednesday 11 May
Shortlist announcement Monday 13 June
Judging interviews Monday 27 June - Wednesday 6 July
RCN Nursing Awards 2022 Thursday 6 October

Stage one: online judging

Once entries close at the end of March, a panel of specialist judges will review the submissions to decide on a shortlist of five entries per category.

The shortlist will then be announced online via our website and social media on Wednesday 8 June. All entrants will be notified via email to confirm whether their entry has been successful or not.

Stage two: judging interview

Those entrants successfully shortlisted (excluding the Patient’s Choice finalists) will be required to give a virtual presentation of their initiative to a panel of judges between Monday 27 June and Wednesday 6 July.

Please note that due to the number of people involved, presentation dates are non-negotiable.

Each finalist will have ten minutes to give a short presentation about their entry to the panel, followed by a question-and-answer session to enable the judges to find out as much as possible about the entry.

The panel will then decide the winner for each category and category winners will go on to be considered by the judges for the overall RCN Nurse of the Year award.

This process may sound daunting, but most nurses find it an enjoyable experience. Please allow at least an hour for the judging process to take place.

The Patient's Choice Award

The winner of the Patient's Choice Award is decided by public vote.
Details on how to vote for the winner of this category will be provided when the finalists are announced in June.


All winners will be announced at the RCN Nursing Awards 2022.
The RCN Nursing Awards will now be held at the Royal College of Nursing HQ at 20 Cavendish Square on 6 October.

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