Canadian Nursing

Issues and Perspectives


  • Janet Ross-Kerr, RN, BScN, MS, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Marilynn Wood, RN, BSN, MN, DrPH, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta

This text examines the issues and trends impacting Canadian nursing. The five parts of the text cover everything from the development of the profession of nursing in Canada, to discussions of nursing knowledge, nursing research, and the theoretical foundations of modern nursing. The authors also examine issues in the delivery of nursing care as well as nursing education, credentialing, standards of care, and entry to practice. Additional chapters address collaboration, the increasingly flexible delivery in nursing education, and health informatics. The book concludes with a look at Canadian nurses’ growing role in international nursing and Canadian projects that have been implemented around the globe.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2010
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-1-897422-10-6

Table of Contents

Part I: The Profession in Canada
1.            Canadian Health Care System (formerly Ch. 16)
2.            Nursing in Canada - 1600 to Present: A Brief Account (formerly two separate chapters)
3.            Professionalization in Nursing
4.            The Professional Image: Impact and Strategies for Change
5.            Issues of Gender and Diversity in Nursing
Part II: Nursing Knowledge
6.            Theoretical Issues in Nursing (Ch. 6 & 7 switched in order to reflect today’s focus of nursing education)
7.            Thinking Philosophically in Nursing
8.            Nursing Research in Canada (formerly two chapters)
9.            Knowledge Translation and Evidence-Based Practice (NEW chapter!)
10.          Health Informatics and Canadian Nursing Practice (NEW chapter!)
Part III: Nursing Care Delivery
11.          Primary Health Care (formerly Ch. 28)
12.          Quality of Care
13.          Practising Nurse and the Law
14.          Ethical Issues and Dilemmas in Nursing Practice
15.          Shortage or Oversupply? The Nursing Workforce Pendulum
16.          Political Awareness in Nursing
17.          Emergence of Nursing Unions as Social Force in Canada
Part IV: Educating Nurses for the Future
18.          Origins and Development of Nursing Education in Canada
19.          Entry to Practice
20.          Credentialing in Nursing
21.          The Growth of Graduate Education in Nursing
22.          Career Development in Nursing
23.          Monitoring Standards in Nursing Education
Part V: Canadian and International Nursing
24.          International Nursing: Looking Beyond our Borders
25.          Internationalizing  Nursing in Canada