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Transitions in Care

How can nurses promote survivorship and what happens when the condition changes?

Transitions in Care
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    10 hours

Explore how nurses facilitate survivorship and end of life conversations

People living with long-term conditions may manage their symptoms and treatment for many years and there may be times when their condition changes or deteriorates.

Facilitating people to live healthily for as long as possible is a key nursing skill, however it is also vital that nurses recognise when end of life is approaching and ensure that the relevant discussions, planning and decision making have been facilitated early in their disease to ensure a smooth transition for the patient and their family.

Advice and guidance will be provided to support the preparation of the final assessment.

What topics will you cover?

  • Advance care planning
  • Issues associated with survivorship
  • Caring for people in the last days of life
  • Assessment planning

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Critically evaluate the benefits of survivorship and living well from the perspective of individuals living with or beyond cancer
  • Summarise some nursing interventions and it's impact from the perspective of people living with long-term conditions
  • Explore the role of the nurse in the transition towards end of life care in a variety of cultures

Who is the course for?

Coventry University MSc Nursing students.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

A senior nurse with over 30 years experience in clinical, managerial and educational roles, with a particular interest in specialist palliative care, long term conditions and communication skills.

I had 30 years experience as a specialist nurse, health visitor & community matron before teaching in higher education. Specialist areas are the management of long term conditions & end of life care.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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