The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched RCN Starting Out, a dedicated app and new section of its website aimed at student and newly qualified nurses.
A spokesman for RCN said the app has been specifically designed to help student and newly qualified nurse members in the UK to kickstart their careers.
The spokesman said it will provide easy-to-use benefits including, education and learning resources to help students with their studies and placements and provide continued professional development. Along with support with professional and personal matters, including financial guidance, confidential counselling and career planning advice.
As well as guidance on the role of the RCN regarding its work as a trade union and professional body, and how this benefits nursing staff. Details of specific RCN membership benefits and membership management, including easy ways to details up to date
Mike Adams, RCN director for England, said: ‘The RCN Starting Out app provides knowledge, expertise and support from the RCN straight to a mobile or other device.
‘Whether you’re about to start your nursing education or have already begun your nursing career journey, it provides help and guidance.
‘This all about supporting nurses from the very beginning of their journey in our brilliant profession.
‘We want them to know the benefits of being members of the Royal College of Nursing and how they can participate in the valuable work we do.’
Jess Sainsbury, chair of the RCN UK students committee, said: ‘When you’re joining the nursing profession, there is a lot of information to take in and this can be a little overwhelming.
‘Having all that information in one place in an easy to use format will make it much easier to find what you need.
‘This is definitely something that will be useful to students and newly qualified nurses.’
The app is available from its accompanying website and is accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop devices. New features and content will be added to the app throughout the year, and further apps for other parts of the RCN membership are also planned.
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