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Introduction to Nursing: The Role of Nurses Around the World

Understand the role of nurses: from personal care, to supporting families and communities, to public health and infection control.

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Introduction to Nursing: The Role of Nurses Around the World
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    3 hours
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Explore the role nurses play around the world

Are you interested in a career in nursing? Prepare with this course where you will explore how nursing contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the world.

You will learn about the different roles nurses play, including the role of nurses in public health. You will discover the principles of nursing and understand how nurses can help people and communities care for themselves.

This course has been created by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, as part of the PADILEIA project. It is supported by SPHEIR UK aid.

What topics will you cover?

  • The roles and unique contributions of nurses globally
  • Principles and applications of Holistic care within a local context
  • How nursing can support people and communities to care for themselves
  • The role of nurses in public health, and the role of World Health Organisation
  • The triple impact of nursing. How nursing can improve health; promote gender equality; and contribute towards stronger economies

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. 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...

  • Explore the role of nurses globally, and explain the unique contribution of the nurse
  • Explain the principles of holistic care and apply holistic care within the local context of health and well-being
  • Investigate the impact of the nurse’s role in patients’ lives and local communities
  • Reflect on the role of the World Health Organisation in public health
  • Identify what contributes to health and well-being
  • Discuss the role of nurses in: improving health; gender equality; stronger economies

Who is the course for?

This course has been created for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who wish to study nursing or a healthcare-related course at a university in English. It has been created as part of the PADILEIA project.

However, it will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their knowledge of nursing and healthcare.

Supported by UK aid - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Innovation and Reform

Who will you learn with?

I am senior lecturer at King's College London with an interest in partnership working with service users.

Who developed the course?

King's College London

King’s College London, established in 1829 and a founding college of the University of London, is one of the world’s leading research and teaching universities, based in the very heart of London.

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King's College London are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
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