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Jane Cummings: Students are the future of our fabulous profession

Students are our future nursing leaders and will make a huge difference to the health and well-being of current and future generations, says chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings 
Students future leaders

Students are our future nursing leaders and will make a huge difference to the health and well-being of current and future generations, says chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings

As the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England, I would like to welcome you all to the nursing family and hope you enjoy your undergraduate training and future careers.

Students represent the thousands of individuals at the beginning of a rewarding career in nursing, which provides opportunities and has an impact on so many.

In May, I visited several universities celebrating International Nurses Day and talked to many nursing students. What had the biggest impact on me was their enthusiasm and commitment as they described their studies and clinical placements.

Writing this takes me

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Students are our future nursing leaders and will make a huge difference to the health and well-being of current and future generations, says chief nursing officer for England Jane Cummings 


Nursing students will make a huge difference to the well-being of future generations.
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As the professional lead for all nurses and midwives in England, I would like to welcome you all to the nursing family and hope you enjoy your undergraduate training and future careers.

Students represent the thousands of individuals at the beginning of a rewarding career in nursing, which provides opportunities and has an impact on so many.

In May, I visited several universities celebrating International Nurses Day and talked to many nursing students. What had the biggest impact on me was their enthusiasm and commitment as they described their studies and clinical placements. 

Writing this takes me back to my time as a nursing student and my early days on the front line. Universities and clinical placements will be crucial in developing your knowledge, skills and competencies, but the patients you care for and the colleagues you work with will be equally important in supporting you to develop life-long skills during this time.

You are our future leaders, who will make a huge difference to the health and well-being of current and future generations. One key document that will guide you in the next few years, and position you as a leader, is Leading Change, Adding Value, a framework for nursing, midwifery and care staff. 


The Leading Change, Adding Value framework

This enables all staff to drive changes that will have a significant impact on people who use health and care services.
 
I wish you all the best with your studies and future career in nursing and midwifery.


Jane Cummings is the chief nursing officer for England

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