Key Features

  • Lived experience – vignettes taken from actual clinical situations to help students understand a range of health experiences from the point of view of clients, families, nurses or other health professionals
  • Clinical Interest boxes – information on current research, cultural aspects of care, nursing care plans, nursing diagnosis and developmental considerations
  • Procedural guidelines –provide a step-by-step approach to nursing procedures, including rationales for each step
  • Review questions – for consolidation and reinforcement of chapter content
  • Critical thinking exercises – stimulate students to think critically and solve problems
  • References and further reading – chapter references and additional resource material

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


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About the author

Gabby Koutoukidis

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Director, Health & Community Care, Chisholm Institute, Melbourne, Victoria