Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsAll 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 50 secondsI 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 37 secondsIn 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

The course you have now completed has developed your understanding of a range of issues which matter to all nurses.

The issues explored are especially significant because how the profession responds will determine the shape of nursing in the future. You have explored how the public image of nursing impacts nurses’ motivation and ultimately their performance and how stress may lead to burnout and further loss of nurses for the healthcare workforce or migration.

Nursing as a group is often described as lacking visibility, that is, visibility in policy development and in public discourse. In the next course ‘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.

In the next course, 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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