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Nursing and Long-term Conditions: An Introduction

Explore your role as a nurse in helping patients stay healthy and manage their long-term conditions.

1,260 enrolled on this course

  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours
This course is part of the program Contemporary Perspectives of Care for Individuals with Long-Term Conditions, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Understand the impact of long-term conditions

The number of people living with one or more long-term conditions is on the rise. Nurses have responsibilities to reduce the risk of people developing long-term conditions and helping people manage the conditions they’re suffering from.

On this course, you will explore the impact of long-term conditions on both an international and national scale. You will examine the perspectives of patients, their families, and professionals and apply these insights to your own experiences as a nurse.

What topics will you cover?

  • The definition of long-term conditions
  • International policies
  • The incidence of long-term conditions across a lifespan
  • Actions taken to achieve targets in long-term conditions care
  • Reflections from patients’ and professionals’ experiences
  • The impact of long-term conditions on families
  • Implications of policy for local practice

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Debate critically what is meant by long-term conditions and the role of the nurse in their management
  • Investigate the global impact of long-term conditions
  • Identify international measures to reduce the burden of long-term conditions

Who is the course for?

This course is for qualified nurses who work with people living with long-term conditions, whether in acute, community or primary care settings.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A senior nurse with over 30 years experience in clinical, managerial and educational roles, with a particular interest in specialist palliative care, long term conditions and communication skills.

I had 30 years experience as a specialist nurse, health visitor & community matron before teaching in higher education. Specialist areas are the management of long term conditions & end of life care.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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This course is part of the program Contemporary Perspectives of Care for Individuals with Long-Term Conditions, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.

Explore how a range of conditions affect individuals, families and communities, in order to understand how to provide excellent care and improve the lives of those living with long-term conditions.

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