Graduate nurses are expected to 'hit the ground running', taking on complex care challenges in a stressful and fast-paced environment. This comprehensive yet accessible textbook provides expert guidance for students and commencing nurses on the contexts for their practice. Part 1 presents a pragmatic insight into the intersection, tensions and complexities of practice and professional issues for Australian nurses. It outlines the nature of nursing roles and professional codes of conduct, national health priority areas and legal and ethical issues including the growing use of health informatics. There is an examination of the diverse career paths available in nursing, a focus on nurses' mental health and well-being and a special examination of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health issues. Part 2 unpacks key issues across a range of clinical contexts that will be a key resource for clinical practicums. Contexts covered include acute care, community nursing, paediatric nursing, mental health nursing and aged care. Part 3 examines the professional and practice issues of nursing in diverse, distinctive and emergent practice areas including aesthetic nursing, military nursing and international nursing with case studies and vignettes highlighting common issues and challenges. Drawing on the expertise of a wide range of Australian clinical and academic nursing professionals, this text is a key reference for all nursing undergraduates seeking to enter successfully into the profession.

part I|64 pages

Nursing in the Australian context

chapter 21|8 pages

Nursing in Australia Nurse education, divisions and professional standards

ByPeter Lewis, Nathan J. Wilson, Leanne Hunt, Lisa Whitehead

chapter 2|10 pages

Nursing and tensions within the Australian health care system

ByYvonne Parry, Didy Button

chapter 3|12 pages

Nurses delivering care in a digitised environment

ByJen Bichel-Findlay, Kathleen Dixon, Nathaniel Alexander

chapter 4|12 pages

Career pathways for registered nurses

An expanding horizon
ByMahnaz Fanaian, Christine Chisengantambu-Winters, Irene Mayo, Amanda Johnson

chapter 5|8 pages

Mental well-being and resilience of nurses

ByLynette Cusack, Janie Brown

chapter 6|12 pages

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health

ByFaye McMillan, Linda Deravin, Glenda McDonald

part II|146 pages

Nursing practice in Australia

section II: Section I|62 pages

Nursing in acute care contexts

chapter 7|11 pages

Perioperative nursing

ByChristine Minty-Walker, Paul L Donohoe, Suzanne E Hadlow, Nathan J. Wilson

chapter 8|10 pages

Nursing adults in general medical or surgical contexts

ByGladis Kabil, Sheeba Thomas, Peter Lewis, Kathryn Steirn, Amanda Johnson

chapter 9|10 pages

Critical care nursing

ByLeanne Hunt, Sharon-Ann Shunker

chapter 10|10 pages

Neonatal nursing

Critically sick babies require unique nursing skills
ByEvalotte Mörelius, Mandie Jane Foster

chapter 11|9 pages

Paediatric nursing in the acute care setting

ByPeter Lewis, Deborah Ireson, Deborah Brooke

chapter 12|11 pages

Nursing and acute mental health settings

ByRichard Lakeman, Iain Graham, Lucy Nuzum, Diane Russ, Stephen Van Vorst

section II: Section II|41 pages

Nursing in the community and home-based contexts

chapter 13|10 pages

Community nursing

ByLisa Whitehead, Kylie McCullough

chapter 14|12 pages

Nursing and people with intellectual disability

ByNathan J. Wilson, Virginia Howie, Gail Tomsic

chapter 15|10 pages

Child and family health nursing

ByCathrine Fowler, Deborah Stockton

chapter 16|8 pages

The role of the Community Mental Health Nurse

ByRhys Jones, Sheila Mortimer-Jones

section II: Section III|42 pages

Nursing in other and cross-clinical contexts

chapter 17|10 pages

Rehabilitation nursing

ByJulie Pryor, Murray Fisher

chapter 18|11 pages

Nursing in aged care contexts

BySarah Yeun-Sim Jeong, Sharyn Hunter, Larissa McIntyre

chapter 19|10 pages

Remote area nursing

BySue Lenthall, Terrie Ivanhoe, Kylie Stothers

chapter 20|10 pages

Sexuality and sexual health

Professional issues for nurses
ByMarika Guggisberg

part III|57 pages

Diverse and distinctive practice areas

chapter 21221|8 pages

Nursing and people with cosmetic and related concerns

ByElissa J O'Keefe, Robin Curran

chapter 22|7 pages

Nursing in the Australian correctional system

ByLinda Starr, Claire Newman

chapter 23|6 pages

Women's health nursing

ByCharrlotte Seib, Debra Anderson

chapter 24|7 pages

Nursing men

ByAndrew Smith, Blake Peck, Daniel Terry

chapter 25|7 pages

Global nursing

ByDeborah Kirk, Stephanie Wheeler

chapter 26|6 pages

Nursing and the military

ByAndrew Ormsby

chapter 27|7 pages

General practice nursing

ByElizabeth J Halcomb

chapter 28|7 pages

Occupational health nursing

ByKim Oliver, Bernadette Cameron