What is a trade union?

A trade union is an organisation of workers formed to protect and improve their working conditions. But the Royal College of Nursing is more than just a trade union. We're the world’s largest trade union and professional body for nursing.

What does that mean for me?

What is RCN Starting Out

RCN Starting Out is the exclusive online resource for student nurses and NRNs. Whether you're about to start your nursing degree, already studying or transitioning to a registered nurse, RCN Starting Out provides the latest knowledge, expertise and support straight to your phone or the web.

Let us know your thoughts

We're learning too. Give us your feedback and we'll continue to develop new features to make sure RCN Starting Out works for you. Just click on the feedback button on the left of your screen.

Member benefits 

There's so much more to being a member of the RCN than just being part of a union. And there's no better time to join than when you're starting out. 


Nursing Essentials crib cards

Get access to our new online reference guide with the latest information and support for your training and practice.

RCN Wellbeing

Wellbeing resources

We want to help you be the best you can be, so we'll help you take care of your physical and mental wellbeing.