Bexley student quizzes chief nurse

PUBLISHED: 11:49 03 May 2013 | UPDATED: 12:10 03 May 2013

Sylvia Oparah (third from the left), from Bexley

Sylvia Oparah (third from the left), from Bexley


A Bexley student nurse was one of five to quiz the leading figure in her profession as part of a final-year project about leadership

University of Greenwich’s Sylvia Oparah, 32, asked Jane Cummings, the Chief Nursing Officer for England, questions about her career, leadership style and vision for nursing.

Ben Mtisi, the students’ team leader, said: “The meeting reinforced our passion for nursing as a profession to be proud of. Jane advised us to take whatever opportunities come along as everything is possible. She inspired us and has further shaped our thinking about leadership, reinforcing what we have learned in university.”

Developing skills in leadership is a key part of the curriculum during the students’ final year at Greenwich.

Deborah Isaac, senior lecturer in mental health nursing at the university, says: “These students devised and carried out their project with initiative, enthusiasm and professionalism.As a result of embarking upon this activity, their individual leadership style and profile has undoubtedly been enhanced and, consequently, can plan their careers in a way they may not have felt possible before. True leaders in nursing are those who (like these students) do themselves, the university and the profession proud.”

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