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Welcome to the course

Nurses play an important role in providing healthcare around the world and, in some countries, form more than 50% of the healthcare workforce.

They are a fundamental component of front-line staff whose work is necessary for delivery of safe and effective care.

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.

This week

Through this week’s activities you will:

  • identify the key challenges facing nursing today
  • discuss situations causing stress in nursing and approaches to management
  • consider the nature of violence in nursing and identify sources of support
  • explore the pros and cons of migration and discuss strategies to minimise loss

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.


Meet the team

Your Lead Educator is Kim Craig, the MSc Nursing Course Director at Coventry University.

Photo of Dr Kim Craig

You can follow Kim 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.

Celine Llewellyn-Jones and Parminder Kaur are the course Hosts and they will also be providing support during the course.


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.


Pre-course survey

Your feedback is really important to us. Please let us know more about your motivations for joining this course by completing FutureLearn’s short, optional pre-course survey. Your views will influence FutureLearn and Coventry University on how we can improve and support future versions of this course.

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Nursing in Crisis? Exploring Current Challenges

Coventry University

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