Nursing Traditions and History in Europe

The Nursing Traditions and History in Europe Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) was developed and produced in a cooperation between UiT – The Arctic University of Norway and / University Hospital of North Norway.

The Nursing Program at UiT The Arctic University of Norway has chosen to highlight nursing tradition and history as a key area in both in teaching, professional development and research. Just as studies of nursing practice and patient experiences today give a significant contribution to professional understanding and expertise, historical studies do the same. We therefore offer a ten ECT course in nursing traditions and history at the master’s program in nursing. This MOOC is an essential part of the course.

Aims of the MOOC

  • To gain an understanding of nursing traditions and history as a source to develop perspective and knowledge
  • To identify some aspects of importance in European societal development in relevant to the emergence of modern nursing; like the spread and occurrence of diseases, medical development, gender relations and religion
  • To give an overview of the historical development of nursing in some countries in Europe
  • To highlight some specific spaces or arenas in which clinical nursing practice and nursing knowledge and competence developed: like the medical institutions, district nursing and wartime nursing

A Guide to the MOOC

Anyone can register for the course and access the material, which is all in English (lectures are in the speaker’s mother tongue, but subtitled in English). You can complete any of the three modules individually, and be awardeda certificate upon completion. Or you can collect all threee module certificates in order to complete the entire course. For more information or to register go to the course Home Page.


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