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Care Home Nursing: Changing Perceptions

University of Dundee via FutureLearn


Explore the roles and specialist nursing skills expected of care home nurses

Care homes are vital in meeting the needs of people living with health and social care needs. Despite this, the sector struggles to recruit and retain registered care home nurses.

On this course, you will improve your knowledge of the skills nurses need to effectively look after care home residents. You will discuss the myths surrounding care homes and the clinical and ethical decisions nurses need to make on a regular basis. You will also understand how care home nurses work together with residents and their families, and the nursing career development opportunities in the sector.

This course is designed for anyone with a personal or professional interest in care home nursing. This includes registered nurses, nursing students, and care home workers, managers, and residents.


  • Care Homes in Context
    • For Always, Now
    • Welcome to the course
    • What is a care home?
    • Choosing a care home
  • The Reality of Care Home Nursing
    • For Always, Now
    • Skills for caring
    • Aspirational care home nursing
    • Complexity of the nursing role
  • The Courage of Caring
    • For Always, Now
    • Legislation & Decision Making
    • Psychological Care
    • The Courage of Caring
  • Nursing in the World of Care Homes
    • Living & Working in a Care Home
    • A Career in Care Home Nursing
    • For Always, Now
    • The Reality of Care Home Nursing

Taught by

Lindsay Dingwall


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