The vast majority of nurses go through their careers without ever making serious mistakes or getting into trouble with their employer or the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), so the odds are you’ll never need the support of the RCN legal team.

But this section explains some of the ways in which nurses can find themselves in hot water – often unwittingly – and how the RCN can step in if one of those nurses is you. The RCN has the largest in-house legal team of any trade union; they are here to help. 


Wills and probate

You and your family and friends can also get help and advice from RCN Law with will writing, probate matters, setting up a trust or a lasting power of attorney. You can find out more information from the link below.

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Don’t be a twit

The RCN legal team is seeing an increase in the number of Twitter, Facebook and other social media posts that form part of cases against registrants.

Nurses must be very vigilant never to mention their employer or colleagues in a way they would not feel confident to do in an open forum.

Also, they should never talk about patients, because they will be breaching confidentiality. One nurse posted about how she was up late, worse for wear, and had to be at work in a few hours. The post was picked up by a patient’s family.


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