Buckinghamshire New University has awarded an honorary doctorate to chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings.
Professor Cummings, who has been in post since 2012, received the accolade in a graduation ceremony on Friday 9 September.
The university said it was recognising the CNO for her outstanding career in nursing and strong relationship with the organisation itself.
It highlighted her work introducing the Care Makers initiative, the “6Cs” nursing values, the 2012 Compassion in Practice nursing strategy and its successor Leading Change, Adding Value.
In a visit to university’s Uxbridge campus last year, the CNO commended students who have been important ambassadors of the 6Cs – care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment.
Professor Cummings said: “It is a huge privilege to be awarded the honorary doctorate by Bucks New University and I am delighted to be part of the graduation event. I am so proud to be a nurse and am passionate about our profession.
“Whatever our particular role is, we can make a real difference and have a critical role to play in compassionate and safe care for patients, whether in direct care-giving, commissioning, policy, research or education,” she said.
University awards honorary doctorate to CNO
Sue West, dean of the university’s faculty of society and health, said: “Bucks New University is proud to be one of the first institutions that signed up to the Care Makers initiative and that our students have been important ambassadors for the ‘6Cs’.
“Jane is an inspiring role model for our students as her aspirations have demonstrated true commitment to the nursing profession and improving patient care outcomes,” she added.