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Online Course

The Impact of Nursing

University of Liverpool via FutureLearn


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.

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.

Taught by

Denis Parkinson

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  • Angela Deanna Garnett completed this course, spending 18 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.

    It was additional information about nursing and enjoyed the course. I hope to find another course just as interesting. Thank you everyone!!

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