Rule 12 of the RCN’s constitution states that members will not act ‘in any way which is detrimental to the wellbeing or interests of their patients or clients’.
Should the college's council decide to change Rule 12, there would have to be a ballot of members to ratify it.
The rule was last reviewed in 1995 – but a debate at RCN Congress in April begun by Cecilia Anim, of the RCN’s Islington Branch, called for the rule to be abolished.
Although the motion was eventually watered down, the RCN promised to review Rule 12 following the debate.
Members are being asked to consider whether Rule 12 is suited to today’s health and employment environment and if it hinders the the college's ability to initiate meaningful industrial action.
Members can send their comments to RCN senior employment relations advisor Gerry O’Dwyer.