Online course

Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

Explore the key issues affecting nurses' job satisfaction and practice today - from stress to changing roles and healthcare needs.

Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

This course is part of the program Contemporary Issues in Nursing, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Nursing. Find out more.

Understand and deal with key issues in contemporary nursing

Nurses play an important role in providing healthcare around the world and, in some countries, form more than 50% of the healthcare workforce. Yet, there is a global shortage with international organisations citing working conditions and image as contributing factors to nurses leaving the profession and to their initial recruitment.

This online course draws on the latest research findings and experiences of nurses from a range of countries to examine contemporary issues relevant to nurses.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of key issues in contemporary nursing practice
  • Introduction to the impact of stress on nursing
  • Introduction to the impact of migration on nursing
  • How economics and politics influence contemporary nursing practice
  • Introduction to the impact of shortages on nursing
  • Linking professionalism and image
  • Inter-relationships between key issues

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

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

  • Summarise key issues influencing contemporary nursing practice
  • Explore international issues that define nurses' roles
  • Discuss the relationship between professionalism and image
  • Explain inter-relationships between key issues

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for nurses working at all levels and across all disciplines, in any country. It will give you the opportunity to share your own experiences, learn from other nurses, and get a taste of what studying an online MSc in Nursing would be like.

Who will you learn with?

Kimberley Craig

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 secured a gold rating in the UK government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is the country’s top modern university in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

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Advance your career with a degree

What's different about this course?

Since 2017 you have been able to take a degree on FutureLearn. This free course is a bit like a starter course for a degree — it should give you a flavour of the degree subject but can also be your first step towards a degree qualification.

If you enjoy this course you can apply to join the program it’s part of to start working towards a degree on FutureLearn.

Don’t worry, you can still take the course without doing a full degree!

How do degrees work on FutureLearn?

Do the free course
Join and complete the program
Get academic credit for an online degree from Coventry University

Which program and degree is this course part of?

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