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Skip to 0 minutes and 19 seconds In 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 seconds The modern nurse does much more than deliver individual patient care. She or he manages crises, advocates public health, promotes health campaigns and leads teams.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 seconds 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 seconds My 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 38 seconds If 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

Skip to 1 minute and 50 seconds then the MSc Nursing (online) at Coventry University is for you.

Skip to 1 minute and 56 seconds This 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 seconds We 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.

Skip to 2 minutes and 35 seconds So come and join us on this innovative and exciting course.

Nursing is in crisis

Watch Kim Craig, Lead Educator, describe the central role of nursing in critical situations and the importance for nurses to be prepared for the many challenges they may face.

Nursing is in trouble. There is a global shortage of nurses, leading to poor quality or no care for communities and nurses burning out.

What does this crisis mean on a personal, local and international level? How can we better understand and equip ourselves to deal with it? Find out by joining us in this exploration of key issues in nursing today.

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Do you feel sufficiently equipped to deal with the crisis in nursing? How could you be better prepared? What area do you work in?

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Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

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