NI: Fundamentals of Nursing

The nursing profession can be a challenging, but rewarding career path. Within the healthcare sector, nurses play a critical role in care and recovery and promoting optimal health. As a registered nurse (RN), your workday will be spent helping your patients, a fulfilling task, both professionally and personally. 


Nurses are invaluable liaisons between physicians and patients.  Within the nursing field, there are many specializations for different roles and responsibilities. There are nurses dedicated to working as primary caregivers alongside surgical teams, or in an emergency room. 


Our introductory course to the Fundamentals of Nursing provides information and instructions on the nursing skills required for the provision of safe, respectful, and holistic patient care. You will learn the foundational concepts and principles of nursing care and functions in a healthcare setting.


The ability of a nurse to provide safe and effective care relies on a strong foundation in nursing theory, critical thinking and clinical judgment skills, evidence-based practice, and clinical care in all settings.

Through our course, you will gain important knowledge about health care, nursing communities, and the global nursing scope of practice in caring for populations. 


We understand that nursing varies widely across different countries, regional and cross-cultural contexts, as well as professional regulatory bodies. This is why we have designed our course to be relevant to the entire global nursing community in a way that addresses nursing skills and practice on several levels. 


This competency-based course was developed in partnership with Nurses International (NI) and (NGU). Key competencies were developed in collaboration with subject matter experts in nursing education and practice. The Essentials: Core Competencies for Professional Nursing Education direct the course objectives. The course uses learning resources from accredited world-class organizations such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, universities, international guidelines, peer-reviewed journals, and credible open access nursing books.

The course was designed by NextGenU’s Instructional Design team and Nurses International’s team members: Kathleen Capone MS, RN CNE, EdD; Stephanie Marfurt APRN-BC, ARNP-BC; Renee Marg DNP, MSN-ED, RN; Teresa Darnall, DM, MSN, RN, CNE; Emily Pappa MSN, RN; Betsy Woods MSN, RN, CPEN; Chasya Wiseman DNP, RN, CMSRN; Sara Bohling MSN, RN, APRN-NCNS; Caitlin Cartmell MFS, BSN, RN; Jordan Wilson MSN, RN-BC, NPD-BC, and Bethania Gonzalez MSN, FNP-BC, RN.

At, we believe in making health science education available to anyone, anywhere in the world. All of our courses are accessible through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate distance learning. 


If you are interested in the Fundamentals of Nursing course or any of our other courses, please find out about our free registration by visiting our website.