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Full RCN membership for HCAs rejected

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The Royal College of Nursing has voted not to make changes to its constitution that would have allowed health care assistants to become full members of the organisation.

A resolution to allow “all members of the nursing family” to be full RCN members narrowly fell short of the two thirds of the vote required at the college annual general meeting in London yesterday.

At present, people in nursing roles who are not on the register of nursing can only become associate members and are unable to nominate or be nominated for RCN council elections.

RCN members carried five motions relating to the college’s constitution and also did not carry a resolution relating to a rise in subscriptions.

RCN chair of council Sandra James said: “Although the majority of members have demonstrated their support for Council on the subscription issue, it is regrettable that the full two thirds majority was missed by only half a per cent. We will be working very hard to ensure the RCN maintains financial stability as we face tough and challenging times. The RCN remains committed to supporting all members of the nursing family.”

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Readers' comments (9)

  • It's probably the right thing to do. Nurses are nurses, and are health care professionals. It's their Royal college if they want to join it. HCA's are not nurses and have their own association if they wish to join that.

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  • I agree in 100 % with the comment above.
    The public is already confused with the term 'Nurse' which is overused like dental nurse,nursery nurse etc.
    I agree that HCA's should have their own registration body to be accountable for their actions.
    Our Royal College is for us - professional registered nurses and let it be that way.

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  • The HCAs do have their own registration body. It is known as the Professional Carers Association and can be visited on the website www.professionalcarers.co.uk!

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  • Shameful, what a wretched elitist organisation.
    In UNISON we do one person one vote whether you are the tea boy, a nurse or the Chief Exec of the Trust.

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  • i hope their is an exemption,we got a lots of HCA here in england and they have a clinical backround,a graduate of nursing or midwifery eg..like polish or asian,but unluckely they had to back to the bottom to obtain a registration here.

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  • what are the reasons given by the RCN for the exclusion of HCAs?

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  • i hope their is an exemption,we got a lots of HCA here in england and they have a clinical backround,a graduate of nursing or midwifery eg..like polish or asian,but unluckely they had to go back to the bottom to obtain a registration here.

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  • what are the reasons given?

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  • elsa | 27-Oct-2010 11:38 am

    how ridiculous. some nurses from abroad are more highly qualified than their british counterparts and some have excellent experience.

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