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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.

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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?

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...

  • 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.

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.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Coventry

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Available until 22 November 2021 at 23:59 (UTC). T&Cs apply.

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  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

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  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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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.

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