The conversations covered NHS pay, safe staffing levels, nursing leadership, career progression, retention and recruitment, equality and inclusion, and nursing education.
RCN General Secretary & Chief Executive Pat Cullen welcomed Wes Streeting and explained to members that this is an “opportunity to speak about some of the issues that we are facing”.
She continued: “We are the largest professional nursing organisation in the world, and we should not, and will not, be ignored.
“I would like to remind any politician that there is a general election looming, and each one of our nursing staff will have their say in that election.”
RCN President Sheilabye Sobrany thanked Wes for a “fruitful and engaging conversation” and the members for “bringing ideas, enthusiasm and real-life experience to the fore”.
She added: “As we heard today, the nursing profession faces huge challenges but the determination of our members to safeguard the profession we love and for our patients remains unwavering.
“The RCN will be ready, whenever a general election is called, to take on the mantle and stand up for all nurses, our patients, and the health and care systems.”