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Membership for student nurses, student midwives and nursing degree apprentices

Join the world’s largest nursing union and professional body

As the world’s largest nursing union and professional body, we know the dedication it takes to become a nurse or midwife.


Being a member of the Royal College of Nursing can help you get the most out of your course and excel in your future career.

How the RCN and the NMC can support your studies

Webinar: Transitioning from student to newly registered nurse

Join us for a free online event focussing on supporting you through the transition from student nurse to newly registered nurse (NRN).

Benefits of RCN membership

For just 84p per month, we’ll see you through your student journey with Europe’s largest nursing library and e-library, financial advice, careers guidance, and support from our team of experts.

As a member, you'll gain access to:

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Learning resources

Enhance your studies and future career with access to Europe's largest nursing library and RCN Learn.

Careers guidance

Prepare for your future career with our telephone career and interview coaching and online resources to help with CV writing.

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Making a difference

We represent your interests and campaign on issues that matter to you. Get involved and use your voice to demand change for nursing. 

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Access free confidential telephone counselling with our accredited therapists to help you deal with work-related or personal challenges.

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Member discounts

Recoup the cost of your membership with discounts at over 3,000 retailers, cinemas and money off your mobile phone bill. 

Member Support Services

You can receive free, confidential advice, representation and support on a range of issues that affect you at home and at work.

Not only that:

  • Access RCN Starting Out - an exclusive online resource for nursing students to help support your nursing journey.
  • Nursing Essentials - view our online crib cards for the latest information and support.
  • Network and connect with other professionals by joining a forum relevant to a placement you are starting, or a role you want in the future.
  • Join our exclusive student webinars on topics that help you most during your studies.

Here's how our existing members are utilising their membership:

Learning resources

With Europe’s largest nursing library, and a team of expert advisers on hand, we can help with a range of enquiries.

Careers advice

Our expert careers advisers, online resources, professional forums and networking events will help you kick start your career.

Placement Support

We'll help you through your placements by providing advice, counselling and tips on managing your finances.

Member discounts

RCNXtra can help you save money on shopping, cinema trips, mobile phone bills and more.

Not a student?

Newly registered nurse membership

Find out what the RCN can offer newly registered nurses.

Nurse and midwife membership

Find out what the RCN can offer nurses and midwives.

HCA, AP and TNA membership

Find out what the RCN can offer HCAs, APs and TNAs.