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Skip to 0 minutes and 12 seconds All nurses need to be familiar and aware of their transferability of nursing care across geographical and national boundaries. When I was working as a nurse a long time ago in Africa, I was caring for a lady dying of Cancer. As is part of my role to advocate for effective pain management, I rang the Consultant and suggested it was time that we began the use of diamorphine to control her pain. The Consultant responded by suggesting that if I could get him diamorphine in South Africa, he would willingly use it to control the pain of all his patients.

Skip to 0 minutes and 51 seconds I learned a valuable lesson, that in some parts of the world the drugs that are available to care for patients with pain are not available in all nursing contexts. Another example is the use of codeine in many of the preparations that we are able to buy in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world. If you are caught with codeine containing medications in your luggage in some parts of the world, you will be arrested. This is just to highlight for you the differences in political, economic aspects and influences on our care and the pharmaceutical preparations for example that are available to us.

Skip to 1 minute and 38 seconds In addition to the political and economic influences on nursing practice, you have just been introduced to a number of other significant issues affecting contemporary nursing. This included stress, international migration and professional image. In similarity with the political and economic influences, the origins of stress and international migration affect countries very differently. We encourage you to engage and participate in all the resources. The course has been designed by nurses to develop your understanding of factors which affect our profession. So enjoy the resources and make the most of this opportunity.

Concluding the course and looking ahead

In this video, Kim Craig concludes by highlighting some of the main areas covered during the course.

At the beginning of the course we asked a big question: what is the key factor contributing to global nursing shortages?

Over the last two weeks we have explored this question, considered the interrelationships between a range of issues which matter to all nurses, and reflected on our approach to such challenges. The issues explored are especially significant because how the profession responds will determine the shape of nursing in the future.

During this course you have:

  • discussed key challenges for contemporary nursing practice
  • identified factors contributing to the global nursing shortage
  • reflected on strategies to address the main challenges
  • explored interrelationships between key issues

This short course is the introductory two-week course for a Program in Contemporary Issues in Nursing which forms part of the MSc Nursing online degree at Coventry University delivered on FutureLearn.

In the next course of this Program, Professionalisation of nursing is our primary focus. We will examine the legitimacy of nursing to the description of a profession through a range of approaches and assess the challenges posed to the profession by economics and politics, health needs and the attribution of caring to the role of a nurse.

You will be guided to extend your level of engagement and self-direction to your studies, and to evidence your learning continually to gain feedback. The resources retain a structure which aims to be inclusive, using illustrations from across the world to promote a culture of learning based on the sharing of different perspectives and of inquiry.

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Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

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