The traditional paradigm in mental health nursing has been undergoing significant challenge in recent times. The influence of recovery is gaining momentum in practice and in the theoretical preparation for practice. Therapeutic relationships have long been considered the cornerstone of mental health nursing practice and they continue to be central in recovery. This article outlines and justifies the need for mental health nurse lecturers to reflect on and review the role of the relationships they develop with students. This is to help optimise the university preparation of student mental health nurses in recovery focused practice. Working together across different university sites can further enhance this process.