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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 one of the building blocks that leads to a Nursing degree.

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.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 secondsIn recent years we've seen a number of health emergencies across the globe. Zika virus, Bird Flu and Ebola to name but a few. In fact there's always a health emergency somewhere, someplace and there's always a nurse in part of the response to it.

Skip to 0 minutes and 41 secondsThe modern nurse does much more than deliver individual patient care.

Skip to 0 minutes and 48 secondsShe or he manages crises, advocates public heath, promotes health campaigns and leads teams. The question is how well-equipped are you to manage and respond to critical situations in your hospital or in your community?

Skip to 1 minute and 8 secondsMy name is Kim Craig. I worked for many years as a nurse in the United Kingdom and in countries in Southern Africa and for also many years as a nurse teacher. I am now Course Director for the MSc Nursing (online) at Coventry University, leading a team of experts from a range of nursing backgrounds and health care professions. We now bring their combined expertise to you.

Skip to 1 minute and 39 secondsIf you're a nurse in a hospital or a community and feel ready to develop the knowledge and skills to progress your career in nursing then the MSc Nursing (online) at Coventry University is for you.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 secondsThis course on Nursing in Crisis focuses on the sociocultural, the political and the economic influences on the role of the nurse. We'll look at a range of topics which apply across the world including the critical shortage of nurses, the social image of nurses and the development of the nursing role.

Skip to 2 minutes and 22 secondsWe have a great platform at Coventry University. You can be part of an online community of nursing, learn from experts at Coventry University and from each other. So come and join us on this innovative and exciting course.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

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

  • key issues influencing contemporary nursing practice.
  • international issues that define nurses' roles.
  • the relationship between professionalism and image.
  • 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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