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Could You Be the Next Florence Nightingale?

Explore important aspects of public health and the role of modern nursing within it.

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Could You Be the Next Florence Nightingale?
This course is part of the program Nursing and Public Health, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Explore the responsibility of a nurse in public health

Some consider Florence Nightingale the founder of modern nursing. Within the scientific community she is credited for initiating nursing training and education programmes, but rarely acknowledged as a social reformer and public health campaigner.

Arguably, public health and the promotion of health and well-being is now at the centre of national and global agendas. This course reflects on the value of nurses as promoters of health.

What topics will you cover?

Week 1 – Going upstream

  • Determinants of health
  • Changing practice
  • The future of public health

Week 2 – Health promotion in practice

  • The nurse as a promoter of health
  • The nurse as a health promoter

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.

What will you achieve?

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

  • Evaluate the role of the nurse within public health
  • Explore the globalisation of public health needs
  • Reflect on the value of nurses as promoters of health

Who is the course for?

If you are an experienced nurse wanting or needing to extend the value of nurses as promoters of health, this course is for you.

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 specialising in the care of patients with renal and urological disorders. 20 years experience in education, including in South Africa. MSc Nursing Course Director online and on campus.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

  • Established1992
  • LocationCoventry

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This course is part of the program Nursing and Public Health, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing.

This program will encourage you to think critically about the improvement of population health and wellbeing and the role of nursing in public health.

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