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King's College London

Introduction to Nursing: The Role of Nurses Around the World

King's College London via FutureLearn


Explore the role nurses play around the world

Are you interested in a career in nursing? Prepare with this course where you will explore how nursing contributes to the health and well-being of individuals and communities around the world.

You will learn about the different roles nurses play, including the role of nurses in public health. You will discover the principles of nursing and understand how nurses can help people and communities care for themselves.

This course has been created by the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, as part of the PADILEIA project. It is supported by SPHEIR UK aid.

This course has been created for refugees, displaced people and the communities supporting them in the MENA (Middle East and Northern Africa) region who wish to study nursing or a healthcare-related course at a university in English. It has been created as part of the PADILEIA project.

However, it will also be of interest to anyone looking to develop their knowledge of nursing and healthcare.

Supported by UK aid - Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education, Innovation and Reform


  • Nursing in a global context
    • Welcome
    • Nursing around the world
    • The unique contribution of nurses
    • Definitions of nursing
    • Wrap-up
  • The things that impact on health and wellbeing
    • Welcome
    • Understanding holistic care
    • Wrap-up
  • Public Health
    • Welcome to Week 3
    • Definitions of public health
    • The WHO role in public health
    • The ethics of public health
    • Florence Nightingale's note on nursing
    • Wrap-up
  • How nursing can make a difference
    • The values of nursing
    • Compassion
    • Raising the profile of nursing
    • Wrap-up

Taught by

Julie Bliss


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