University is an exciting time learning new friends and good fun (Morton and Tighe 2011). For student nurses university experiences may not be like this. This paper discusses findings from a study about student nurse professionalism. Students appeared ‘caught’ between two discourses: university student and student nurse. Lecturer talk deterred students from engaging in wider university experiences fearing breaching Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) professional behaviours. With moves to consumerism and self-funded students (DoH 2016) a balance is needed in lecturer talk to ensure NMC requirements are met while developing future practitioners with experiences in wider education initiatives.