Chief Nursing Officer for England marks International Nursing Day at Bucks
Date: 15th May 2017
The Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Jane Cummings, has told Bucks New University students they ‘are leaders of the future’.
England’s most senior nurse in the NHS, who received an honorary doctorate from Bucks last year, spoke to nursing students last week during an event to mark International Nurses Day, alongside ongoing celebrations to mark the University’s 125th anniversary.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Rebecca Bunting addressed the audience and welcomed Jane thanking her for attending, despite her busy schedule, saying she was ‘a good friend of the University’.
Dr Sharon Edwards – as part of her National Teaching Fellowship - started the event with a lecture addressing teaching and learning issues for nursing and healthcare, specifically focusing on the use of simulation strategies for learning.
Speaking about the NHS, being a student and how to get the most out of the training, Jane told the room full of students, guests and staff that it was ‘great to be back’ at the Uxbridge Campus.
She drew on the ‘Leading Change, Adding Value’ framework published in May 2016, discussing how the commitments could be applied to practice.
In a lively and passionate presentation Jane said: “Never forget what made you decide you wanted to be a nurse. There will be horrible shifts, distressing days...but remember the good things about being a nurse, the impact you have now as students and in the future.
“Nurses are a force for good, we have a massive capability to drive change. There are 545k nurses in England. Students, you are leaders of the future.”
Both Dr Edwards and Professor Cummings were warmly thanked for their contributions.