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. She or he manages crises, advocates public health, promotes health campaigns and leads teams.

Skip to 0 minutes and 57 secondsThe 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 38 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

Skip to 1 minute and 50 secondsthen 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.

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

Welcome to the course


In this short video, Kim Craig, Senior Lecturer in Nursing and Lead Educator, introduces the next two weeks.

You can follow her by selecting the link to her FutureLearn profile page and selecting ‘follow’. That way, you’ll be able to see all the comments that she makes. Kate Dickens is the course Host and she will also be providing support during the course.

Nursing is in trouble. The global workforce is depleted and nurses are burning out, leading to poor quality or no care for communities.

How well are you equipped to deal with critical situations in your hospital or community? Find out by joining us in this exploration of key issues in nursing today.

Your task

What are you most looking forward to during this course? What area do you work in?

Introduce yourself to the rest of your group using the comments area below.

Posting your first comments

Share your response in the comments area. Have a look at other learners’ comments. If you can relate to a comment someone else has made, why not ‘Like’ it or leave a reply? You can filter comments in a variety of ways including ‘Most liked’ and you can also ‘Bookmark’ comments.

If you want to see all the recent comments on the course, just select the Activity icon. If you’re following someone, you can filter this list to show only the comments of people you’re following and also those comments that you’ve bookmarked.

Comment and discussion guidelines

When posting comments, please remember the following:

  • be respectful of others who use this site

  • do not use language that is offensive, inflammatory or provocative (this includes, but is not limited to, swearing and obscene or vulgar comments)

  • do not break the law (this includes libel, condoning illegal activity and contempt of court)

  • please do not post personal information in comments such as addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses or other online contact details, which may relate to you or other individuals including patients in your care

Checking your progress …

When you reach the end of a step and have understood everything, click the Mark as Complete button. This will update your progress page, and will help you to keep track of which steps you’ve done. Any steps you’ve completed will turn blue on your To Do list.

You can check your progress page by clicking the icon at the top of the step, where you’ll see what percentage of the course steps you’ve marked as complete.


Given that this is a resource to inform learners about nursing, it is inevitable that some examples may be distressing to various learners. Saying that, these will be examples only and will not form the main part of the learning in this course.

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Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

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