Johns Hopkins School of Nursing releases free training course for nursing during the coronavirus pandemic

Course explores how nurses can respond to the challenges posed by low resources and high societal uncertainty in the wake of COVID-19

Danielle Kress
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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 The course begins on May 18.

With health care 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 explores how nursing can respond to the challenges posed by low resources and high societal uncertainty in the wake of the pandemic. It was developed in collaboration with Johns Hopkins University affiliate and global health nonprofit Jhpiego and the Johns Hopkins Center for Humanitarian Health and is endorsed by the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centers for nursing and midwifery.

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COVID-19: Effective Nursing in Times of Crisis is a two-week course that requires around two hours of study per week. It is designed for nurses and other health care 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 of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and co-secretary general of the Secretariat for the WHO Collaborating Centers of Nursing and Midwifery.

"Nurses across the world are navigating the uncharted territory of COVID-19 and selflessly caring for patients amid resource shortages, moral distress, and tremendous anxiety," Davidson says. "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."

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 toward 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. This means that learners get unlimited access to this course and any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes, as well as a PDF Certificate of Achievement.