The General Council of Nursing (GCN) is a professional organisation with over 100 years of history, which on the basis of the aim and the role attributed by the Statute Approved by the Royal Decree 1231, of 8th November 2001, became the referral for the nursing profession, representing 200,000 registered nurses.
The main regulations of this organisation are the Law of the Professional Colleges (Law nº 2/1974, of 13th February, as they stand according to the Law 7/1997, of 14th April) and the recent General Statutes, approved by the Royal Decree 1231/2001, of 8th November 2001, where not only the corporative structure, with the new bodies of the General Council and its competences are recognised, but also the mentioned basic principles of the nursing profession.
In agreement with the aforementioned regulation, aims of the GCN are:
- Regulating within the scope of its competition and in agreement with the Constitution and the Laws, the practice of the nursing profession;
- Representing exclusively the nursing profession on a national and international basis;
- Defending and protecting the interests of the professionals and nursing, by exerting the disciplinary power and resolving any claims.
- protecting the interests of consumers and users of the services of their members (In responding to the new law 25/2009 for the amendment of various laws to adapt to the law on free access to activities and exercising)
http://www.fepi.org/docs/country_profils/Prof_ES_EN.pdf (assessed on 08.08.2011)