As I walked into I was pleasantly surprised to be told that City College Coventry had been in contact saying that 5 of their Access to Health and Social Care students had feedback that the University of Northampton was their ‘best interview experience, being made to feel welcome and reassured’ during their time with us. This was an unexpected gift and prompted me to write this blog post, coming as it did just after we’ve had positive acceptance confirming student nursing places for adult nursing for the oncoming year. This is in spite of radical changes impacting nurse education including complex issues around funding and student bursaries.

This feedback is just the sort of welcomed response that we actively promote as part of ‘Being Brilliant’ a philosophy derived from positive psychology embedded in our nursing curriculum. Similarly, the Royal College of Nursing is proposing a campaign to ‘Say thank you’ that is part of celebrations for Nurses’ Day, Thursday 12th May 2016, which also sees recognition of their 100th anniversary of shaping nursing. They are asking that we express our thanks for care received, or as in this case to those who have provided support ‘often in very difficult times’ (RCN 2016).

So as the admissions tutor for adult nursing I want to say a massive thank you to everyone involved in recruiting our future nurses at the University of Northampton, especially to our student nurses whose brilliance makes real the aspiration of “I want to be a nurseInstagramCapture_f6e2de9a-75bf-4eec-80c5-fbed96649346”.

Jacquie Ridge, Admissions Tutor: Adult Nursing. University of Northampton.



Royal College of Nursing (2016) Nurses’ Day [online]. Available from: [Accessed: 10.05.16]