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New election website for nurses

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a new 2010 general election campaign website.

Nurses will be able to sign up to the site and lend their support to the election priorities of the RCN.

The site will offer RCN members and non-members the opportunity to join the UK's largest virtual nursing community.

The social networking technology of Facebook and Twitter will be used to enable nurses to discuss priorities and show their support.

Nurses using the site, set to evolve as the election date rolls closer, could also end up interacting with politicians and the media.

News streaming will keep the content fresh, with the opportunity also available for nurses to upload photos and blogs.

Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive and General Secretary of the RCN, said: "The RCN is now committed to placing power in the hands of nurses on the web. While there are around 1,800 members of the nursing family in each constituency, the online constituency knows no bounds. I encourage all nurses to get involved."

The RCN is calling for parties to stand up for staff who speak out, provide safer staffing levels, give nurses the time to train, protect the nation's health, improve care for those with long-term conditions and sustain healthcare investment.

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