The current chief nursing officer for England and her immediate predecessor have been passing on their passion for the profession to a group of student nurses.
Jane Cummings visited the Uxbridge campus of Bucks New University on 17 March.
She spoke to around 200 third year undergraduate and postgraduate students about her career and her drive to put compassion at the heart of healthcare.
Ms Cummings also had the opportunity to catch up with Dame Christine Beasley who was CNO from 2004 until 2011. Dame Christine is chair of the university’s board of governors.
Dr Carol Pook, head of school for pre-qualifying nursing at Bucks New, said: “Jane impressed upon the students that each and every one of them could be a leader in the future.”
Ms Cummings said it was a “huge privilege” to meet the students. “I thanked the students for wanting to be part of our nursing profession and for keeping it in safe hands for the future,” she said.
She also commended Bucks New for being one of the first institutions to sign up to the Care Makers initiative, which was set up to support the “6Cs” values that underpin the national nursing strategy compassion in Practice.
Alison Chambers, pro vice chancellor for the university’ Faculty of Society & Health, added: “Jane is a very inspiring role model for our final year nursing students and brought the story of her nursing journey to life in a very humble way.”