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RCN consults members on re-joining global nursing body

College quit the International Council of Nurses over the price of membership
RCN and ICN logos side by side, as RCN announces consultation of whether to re-join the ICN

College resigned from the ICN seven years ago because of the membership fee

The RCN will ask its members whether they want it to re-join the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

The college resigned from the Geneva-based body seven years ago, saying it could not justify the then 615,000 annual membership fee.

However, since then, the ICN has changed its fee structure and in 2015, the president said the RCN could be assured it would pay a maximum fee of 340,000 if it re-joined.

Umbrella organisation for national nursing associations

The ICN is a federation of more than 130 national nurses associations, representing more than 20 million nurses worldwide.

Its chief executive is UK nurse Howard Catton ,

College resigned from the ICN seven years ago because of the membership fee


The RCN is to begin a consultation on whether members want to be part of the ICN once more

The RCN will ask its members whether they want it to re-join the International Council of Nurses (ICN).

The college resigned from the Geneva-based body seven years ago, saying it could not justify the then £615,000 annual membership fee.

However, since then, the ICN has changed its fee structure and in 2015, the president said the RCN could be assured it would pay a maximum fee of £340,000 if it re-joined.

Umbrella organisation for national nursing associations

The ICN is a federation of more than 130 national nurses’ associations, representing more than 20 million nurses worldwide.

Its chief executive is UK nurse Howard Catton, who has been a vocal champion of the work of nurses globally during the pandemic.

RCN president and its international committee chair, Anne Marie Rafferty, said: ‘The consultation fulfils our undertaking to engage members every step of the way in any decision-making process regarding our re-engagement with the ICN.’

Professor Rafferty will host member question and answer sessions on the issue during the month-long consultation, which begins on 30 October.

A final decision will be made at the college's annual meeting in 2021.

RCN in or out of the ICN – a topic for debate

The question of whether the RCN should be affiliated to the International Council of Nurses – and pay the required membership fee – has been the subject of repeated debate.

Most recently, college members weighed up the pros and cons during at their 2019 congress.

One member told the hall the college ‘needed a seat where global nurses met’.

Whereas RCN UK stewards committee member Anne Wells suggested affiliation to the Trades Union Congress might be more useful.

 


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