The RCN is a membership organisation of more than 435,000 registered nurses, midwives, health care assistants and nursing students. It is both a professional body, carrying out work on nursing standards, education and practice, and a trade union.
The RCN’s members work in a range of health care specialties and settings in the NHS and independent sectors. It also has members based overseas, and members who are retired. Around 35,000 nursing students are members.
The RCN is governed by an elected Council of 31 members, chaired by Michael Brown, who delegate the running and management of the organisation to Chief Executive & General Secretary, Janet Davies. RCN’s President, Cecilia Anim, is a member of RCN Council.