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Online course

The Impact of Nursing

Take a journey from the past to the future of nursing with this free online course. Explore nursing’s impact on quality of life.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Statement of Participation when you complete over half the course

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The Impact of Nursing

Why join the course?

Health is the most important thing we have, and nurses are at the forefront of healthcare delivery in a rapidly changing world. This is a central message of this free online course, which takes you on a journey from the past to the future of nursing.

Explore nursing’s history and impact today

Over four weeks, we will consider how historical developments in the city of Liverpool continue to impact on nursing today. You will also consider and share how developments in your region have influenced nursing.

Our focus then moves to modern, innovative nursing, which has a direct impact on the quality of people’s lives in the UK. Next, we look at global nursing and how innovation in nursing is truly international.

The course finishes with glimpses into the future, to see how nursing can evolve, considering the ethical issues that will inform the responsible growth of our profession.

Join a global network of nursing professionals

The course is the first of its kind, offering a unique opportunity to become part of a global network of healthcare professionals. You will learn from and interact with like-minded individuals from around the world.

Led by educators from the School of Health Sciences at the University of Liverpool, the course features individual contributions from some of the UK’s leading nursing professionals, including:

  • Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England
  • Andrea Spryropoulos, President of the Royal College of Nursing.

You can read more about the course in this blog post by lead educator, Denis Parkinson.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 6 secondsEverybody will, at some points in their lives, have contact with a nurse. Health is of interest to us all, and nurses are a large and influential part of worldwide health care delivery. If you have an interest in nursing, its impact, diversity, and contribution to quality of life, then this course is for you. My name is Dennis Parkinson, and I am a nurse. I teach nursing at the University of Liverpool, a city with a longstanding connection to the development of nursing and an ongoing commitment to the future of nursing. This course will take you on a journey from the past to the future of nursing.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsYou will explore Liverpool's historical connection to nursing, and also find out more about nursing where you and your fellow learners live. We can learn from the past to shape the future. You will find out about modern nursing and how the profession contributes to today's world. There will be opportunities to explore varied aspects of the nursing profession through interact with leading nurses and experts in their field. The journey will then take you around the world as nursing as a global profession is explored. We will discuss the influence and experiences of nurses in a variety of global contexts, and there will be an opportunity to communicate with and interact with like-minded individuals with an interest in nursing from around the world.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 secondsThis is a unique opportunity to learn from and with a global community. Our journey will then take us past the present day to explore the potential future of nursing. As health care technology develops and communication becomes easier, the future will bring change. Nurses will do more with more to improve health care. We will look at the benefits and challenges of these changes and debate the ethical issues involved. The course is about nursing and its place in the modern world. If you want to know more about nursing and how nurses care for people, then this course is an ideal opportunity for you.

Who is the course for?

All of us will interact with a nurse at some point in our lives, so this course is not only for nurses, but for anyone with an interest in healthcare, and its impact, diversity and contribution to quality of life.

Who will you learn with?

Denis Parkinson

I work as a Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Liverpool. I am a registered adult nurse with a clinical background in adult cardiac nursing. Interests include technology and decision making.

Who developed the course?

The University of Liverpool is ranked in the top 1% of higher education institutions worldwide.

Buy a personalised, digital and printed certificate

You can buy a Statement of Participation for this course — a personalised certificate in both digital and printed formats, to celebrate taking part.

$54.00