Nursing students sign up for free membership

Nursing students sign up for free membership

Amanda Powell

L-R: Alice Mills and Debra Cerasa

Alice Mills signs up for free membership with RCNA CEO Debra Cerasa
Photo courtesy of RCNA

15 March 2010: The Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA) visited the University of Canberra to offer nursing students free introductory membership.

Chief executive officer Debra Cerasa said the new generation of nurses had “a lot to offer RCNA,” and that they were keen to tap into their energy and invite them to be part of the RCNA, which is Australia’s peak professional nursing organisation.

“This is the time to be involved and help influence the future of nursing,” she said.

“Through RNCA involvement, nursing students can network effectively about nursing issues.”

Stephanie Fox-Young, President of the Board of RCNA, said the free membership offer was an important way of investing back into the profession.

“The nursing education sector has been labelled a national priority area by the Federal Government.”

“This means we need to ensure the nursing students who are commencing their studies now, are well supported and informed as they commence their nursing journey.”

Alice Mills, Olympic Gold medallist and nursing student at the University of Canberra, was one of the first to sign up for free membership.

“This membership will enhance my future as a nurse throughout my studies,” she said.

The complimentary RCNA membership extends to:
• First and second-year undergraduate degree students
• First-year diploma students and,
• Masters entry level nursing and midwifery students

The free membership offer is available for the next 12 months.

For more information or to sign up visit