Contexts of Nursing / Edition 3

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Contexts of Nursing introduces students to the theory, language and scholarship of nursing. This new edition debates the key ideas underpinning the practice of contemporary nursing through the dynamic voices of a range of educators and experts from Australia and New Zealand.

As with previous editions, an evidence-based learning approach has been integrated throughout the text to assist the student's understanding of the concepts central to nursing practice. Each chapter focuses on an area of study within the undergraduate nursing program, for example, history, culture, ethics, law, technology and professional issues.

In response to recent developments in nursing practice, Contexts of Nursing 3e includes a new chapter on leadership and another on cultural awareness, safety and competence. The text also includes significant revisions based on core changes in nursing practice over recent years such as technological advances and informatics.


contributions from a wide range of experienced Australian and New Zealand educators

two new chapters-'Becoming a nurse leader' and 'Cultural awareness: Nurses working with Indigenous peoples'

each chapter has been fully updated and includes learning objectives, key words and reflective questions

detailed glossary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780729539258
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/30/2009
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Reviewers x

Preface xi

1 Presenting nursing ... a career for life John Daly Sandra Speedy Debra Jackson 1

2 Visioning the future by knowing the past Madonna Grehan 15

3 Nursing as art and science Judith Parker 38

4 Heroines, hookers and harridans: exploring popular images and representations of nurses and nursing Philip Darbyshire 51

5 Philosophy and nursing? Exploring the truth effects of history, culture and language Kim Walker 65

6 Nursing care and nurse caring: issues, concerns, debates Debra Jackson Sally Borbasi 80

7 The growth of ideas and theory in nursing Sarah Winch Amanda Henderson Debra Creedy 95

8 Reflective practice: what, why and how Kim Usher Colin Holmes 110

9 Research in nursing: concepts and processes John Daly Doug Elliott Esther Chang 128

10 Ethics in nursing Megan-Jane Johnstone 145

11 An introduction to legal aspects of nursing practice Judith Mair 155

12 The gendered culture of nursing Sandra Speedy 174

13 Power and politics in the practice of nursing Annette Huntington Jean Gilmour 193

14 Becoming part of a multidisciplinary healthcare team Patrick Crookes Rhondha Griffiths Angela Brown 208

15 Technology, skill development and empowerment in nursing Alan Barnard 223

16 Dealing with distance: rural and remote area nursing Desley Hegney 239

17 Becoming a nurse leader Patricia M Davidson 258

18 Healthy communities: the evolving roles of nursing Gay Edgecombe Ray Stephens 274

19 Diversity in the context of multicultural Australia: implications for nursing practice Akram Omeri Lynette Raymond 287

20 Cultural awareness: nurses working with Indigenous Australian people Isabelle Ellis Christine Davey Vicki Bradford 301

21 Becoming a critical thinker Steve Parker 314

22 Using informatics to expand awareness Moya Conrick Anthony C Smith 330

23 Connecting clinical and theoretical knowledge for practice Jane Conway Margaret McMillan 351

Glossary 370

Index 379

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