Tabbner's Nursing Care

Theory and Practice


  • Gabby Koutoukidis, Dip App Sci (Nurs), BNurs (Mid), Adv Dip Nurs (Ed), MPH, Dip Business, Voc Grad Cert in Business Transformational Management, MRCNA , Head of Strategic & Business Development - Faculty Health Science & Community Studies Holmesglen VIC
  • Gabby Koutoukidis, Dip App Sci (Nurs), BNurs (Mid), Adv Dip Nurs (Ed), MPH, Dip Business, Voc Grad Cert in Business Transformational Management, MRCNA , Head of Strategic & Business Development - Faculty Health Science & Community Studies Holmesglen VIC
  • Kate Stainton, Dip AppSc (Nursing), BN (Mid), GradDipNurs (Education), MA Hlth Sc (Nursing), Clinical Nurse Specialist, Newcastle Private Hospital, Newcastle, NSW
  • Jodie Hughson, MPH, Grad Cert Health Promotion, RN, Clinical Nurse Consultant, Gold Coast Health Service District, Queensland Health QLD

An updated new edition of the must-have textbook for Diploma of Nursing students in Australia and New Zealand.

Now in its sixth edition, Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice continues to meet the needs of Diploma of Nursing students.

Featuring a fresh approach and significantly revised content, this new edition of the popular nursing textbook reflects the current issues and scope of practice for all enrolled nurses, including recent regulations changes under National Registration.

Procedural Guidelines are highlighted throughout this sixth edition of Tabbner’s Nursing Care: Theory and Practice. The text incorporates a ‘lifespan approach’ and features four new chapters highlighting contemporary nursing issues - Leadership and Management; Older Adulthood; Acute Care and Rural and Remote Care.

The Australian and New Zealand team of editors and contributors have ensured a holistic, person-centred approach to client care, allowing students to appreciate the skill and scope required to be a competent enrolled nurse. They have also strengthened the text’s critical thinking and problem solving elements for students, with review questions, clinical interest boxes and case studies for reflection and deeper learning.

This thousand-page nursing bible also features new full-colour design, which highlights the pedagogy and provides ease of navigation and a visual aid to learning.

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Book information

  • Published: November 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-7295-8114-1

Table of Contents

Unit 1 - The evolution of the nursing profession

Chapter 1

Nursing: historical, present and future perspectives

Jodie Hughson

Chapter 2

Legal and ethical aspects of nursing care

Kalpana Raghunathan

Chapter 3

Nursing Research

Leah East

Unit 2 - The contemporary health care environment

Chapter 4

Systems of health care delivery

Goetz Ottman

Chapter 5

Health promotion and education & Health and Wellness

Marguerite Hoiby

Chapter 6


Jodie Hughson

Chapter 7

Leadership & management NEW

Gabby Koutoukidis

Unit 3 - Health beliefs, Cultural Diversity and safety

Chapter 8

Cultural diversity in Australia and New Zealand

Robyn Williams

Chapter 9

Indigenous Health

Robyn Williams

Unit 4 - Nursing care throughout the lifespan

Chapter 10

Theories of growth and development: conception through to late childhood

Andree Gamble

Chapter 11

Growth and development: late childhood through to adolescence

Margaret Webb

Chapter 12

Growth and development from the younger adult through to the older adult

Christine Baker

Chapter 13

Older adult hood NEW

Carol Barbeler

Unit 5 - Critical thinking and reflective practice

Chapter 14

Critical thinking, problem based learning and reflective practice

Valerie Zielinski

Chapter 15

Components of the nursing process

Gillianne Meek

Chapter 16

Documentation and reporting skills

Cindy Stainton

Unit 6 - Health Assessment

Chapter 17

General health assessment

Shyamala Munusamy

Chapter 18

Vital signs

Amy Dearsley

Chapter 19

Admission transfer and discharge process

Louise Alexander

Unit 7 - Basic Health Care Needs

Chapter 20

Infection prevention and control

Teresa Lewis

Chapter 21

Hygiene and comfort

Carmel Duff

Chapter 22


Adriana Tiziani

Unit 8 - Health promotion and psychosocial & physiological nursing care

Chapter 23

Oxygenation (change title)

Kylie Porritt

Chapter 24

Meeting Fluid and electrolyte needs

Katie Piper

Chapter 25

Rest and sleep

Carol Barbeler

Chapter 26

Movement and exercise

Susan Lanyon

Chapter 27

Skin integrity and wound care

Greer Hosking

Chapter 28


Lucinda Brown

Chapter 29

Urinary elimination

Susan Brown

Chapter 30

Bowel elimination

Susan Brown

Chapter 31

Pain management

Yangama Jokwiro

Chapter 32

Sensory abilities

Suzanne McArthur

Chapter 33

Neurological health

Fiona Skene

Chapter 34

Endocrine health

John Elias

Chapter 35

Reproductive health

Christine Baker

Unit 9 - Health Care in Specialised Practice areas

Chapter 36

Palliative care

Jacqui Allen

Chapter 37

Mental Health

Finbar Hopkins

Chapter 38

Rehabilitation nursing

Kate Stainton

Chapter 39

Behavioural and social aspects of disability

Trevor Skerry

Chapter 40

Acute Care NEW

Michelle Hall

Chapter 41

Perioperative nursing

Karen Stilo

Chapter 42

Emergency care

Jen Jennings

Chapter 43

Maternal and newborn care

Kate Stainton

Chapter 44

Community based care

Anne Moates

Chapter 45

Rural and remote Care NEW

Robyn Williams