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.”