The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) understands the enormous contribution internationally educated nursing staff (IENs) make to health and social care, and the particular challenges they face before and while they are working in the UK. With over half a million members, the RCN is the world’s largest nursing trade union and professional body.
A trade union is an organisation of workers formed to protect and improve their working conditions. Trade unions negotiate fair pay, decent working conditions and provide representation to support their members, ensuring fair treatment by employers.
Sometimes IENs are hesitant to join because of their experience with trade unions in other countries. Rest assured, the decision to join a UK trade union is yours and yours alone - your employer must not try to stop you.
As the number of IENs coming to the UK continues to rise, the RCN has developed a series of live events, which aim to set IENs up for success. The live events will assist you with some of the challenges and answer any questions you may have.
Event topics include:
· The RCN’s unique professional offer and support with career progression
· Terms and Conditions of Employment in the Independent Sector
· Understanding the Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (NMC) register
· Immigration and support with personal matters
· Tips for settling into the UK
The next live event will focus on ‘How the RCN’s professional offer can support your development and career progression’, specifically tailored for internationally educated nursing staff. This online live event takes place on 18 July, 6-7pm (UK Time) and will focus on:
· a live demonstration of:
o RCN Learn - how to access the latest quality assured nursing, health and social care learning resources.
o the RCNi Revalidation Portfolio for nurses and nursing associates, with tips on keeping a personal development plan.
· Getting involved with the RCN's forums and networks.
· Getting the most out of support within the workplace, including reflection, mentorship, clinical supervision, preceptorship and management supervision.
· career resources and support.
· A brief introduction to the RCN's professional framework and nursing workforce standards.
For dates and timings, and to register for upcoming events: rcn.org.uk/IENLiveEvents
If you’re an Internationally Educated Nurse, Nursing Support Worker or Student who’s passionate about providing quality care and improving yourself each day, RCN has a plethora of resources that can help you to achieve your career goals. Additionally, RCN can also provide workplace protection and advice, networking opportunities, and career guidance.
For more information on how the RCN can support you, visit rcn.org.uk/membership