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Johns Hopkins School of Nursing launches free COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis course

11 May 2020, US & UK: The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice, has developed a free COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis course, available to join now on leading social learning platform, and commencing on 18th May 2020.

With healthcare systems across the world going through unprecedented upheaval – straining under the volume of patients, and struggling with a lack of key resources – the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing’s course, in collaboration with Jhpiego and the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and endorsed by The Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for Nursing and Midwifery, explores how nursing can respond to the challenges posed by low resources and high societal uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis is a two-week long course that requires around 2 hours of study per week. It is designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals working with COVID-19 patients who want to learn more about how to provide effective care with limited resources. Learners will be able to interact with experts in the field including the course’s lead educator Patricia Davidson, Dean and Professor of Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Co-Secretary General of the Secretariat World Health Organization Collaborating Centers of Nursing and Midwifery.

The course covers the key characteristics of COVID-19 and their effects on vulnerable populations, the role of leadership in responding to public health crises, what palliative care currently looks like, and how we might work towards recovery, looking specifically at what lessons can be learned from humanitarian and crisis settings.

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade so that learners can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that learners get unlimited access to this course, access to any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes and a PDF Certificate of Achievement.

Dean Patricia Davidson of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Co-Secretary General of the Secretariat World Health Organization Collaborating Centers of Nursing and Midwifery, said:

“Nurses across the world are navigating the uncharted territory of COVID-19 and selflessly caring for patients amidst resource shortages, moral distress, and tremendous anxiety. Through this course, we hope to bolster their already extraordinary efforts of sacrifice and leadership by providing online, easy to access information as it relates to the current pandemic and beyond.”

Helen Fuller, Global Healthcare Lead at FutureLearn, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing to provide such an important and timely course. With healthcare systems around the world under strain it is vital that healthcare workers can access high quality, free resources such as this to equip themselves with the skills and knowledge to cope in this difficult time. We are proud to work with our partners in whatever way we can to provide support to key workers and all those impacted by COVID-19.” 

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About FutureLearn

Here at FutureLearn, our purpose is to transform access to education. We do that by partnering with over a quarter of the world’s top universities to support over 11 million learners across the globe to develop skills and achieve their personal and professional goals. We’re a leading social learning platform founded in December 2012 by The Open University and are now jointly owned by The Open University in the UK and The SEEK Group. We use design, technology and partnerships to create enjoyable, credible and flexible short online courses and microcredentials, as well as undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. In addition to top universities, we also partner with leading organisations such as Accenture, the British Council, CIPD, Raspberry Pi and Health Education England (HEE), as well as being involved in government-backed initiatives to address skills gaps such as The Institute of Coding and the National Centre for Computing Education.

About Johns Hopkins School of Nursing 

The Johns Hopkins School of Nursing is a globally-recognized leader in nursing education, research, and practice. The school is ranked No. 1 nationally for its master’s programs, No. 3 for DNP and online programs, and No. 2 for online MSN Health Systems Management options by U.S. News & World Report. The school is also ranked by QS World University as the No. 3 nursing school in the world, No.1 by College Choice for its master’s program, and No. 1 by for its DNP program.

About Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins University, America’s first research university, is committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning, independent research, and sharing the benefits of discovery with the world.

About Jhpiego

Jhpiego creates and delivers transformative health care solutions that save lives. In partnership with national governments, health experts and local communities, Jhpiego builds health providers’ skills and develops systems that save lives now and guarantee healthier futures for women and their families.

About Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health

The Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health is a unique and collaborative Johns Hopkins academic program conducted jointly by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing. It is hosted at and administered by the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and draws upon a variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, demography, emergency and disaster medicine, health systems management, nutrition/food security, environmental engineering, mental health, political science and human rights. The Center collaborates with a variety of organizations including national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), multilateral and UN organizations, and Governmental agencies, as well as other research institutions on field-based research and humanitarian projects.


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