Fundamentals of Nursing,
3rd Edition

Sue C. DeLaune, Patricia Kelly Ladner, Lauren McTier, Joanne Tollefson

ISBN-13: 9780170459129
Copyright 2024 | Published
1200 pages | List Price: USD $107.25

Fundamentals of Nursing, Australian and New Zealand 3rd edition, covers nursing concepts, skills and standards of practice for introductory nursing students (Bachelor of Nursing). You will learn the core themes of nursing, including nurse, person, health and environment, as well as how to apply critical thinking skills for culturally diverse populations in a variety of clinical environments. Based on the concepts of research and evidence-based practice, this text not only informs, but challenges you to assess your own nursing practice and apply the concepts you learn in class to real-life, clinical settings. Complemented by the best-selling Clinical Psychomotor Skills: Assessment tools for Nursing by Joanne Tollefson and Elspeth Hillman. A value pack of these two texts is available for you to purchase.


UNIT 1: Nursing perspectives: past, present and future
1. Evolution of nursing theory and education
2. Research and evidence-based practice
3. Health care delivery

UNIT 2: Nursing process: the standard of care
4. Critical thinking, decision making, and nursing process
5. Assessment
6. Problem identification
7. Planning
8. Implementation
9. Evaluation

UNIT 3: Professional accountability
10. Leadership and delegation
11. Legal and ethical responsibilities
12. Documentation and informatics

UNIT 4: Promoting client health
13. Nursing, healing, and caring
14. Communication
15. Health and wellness promotion
16. Family and community health
17. The life cycle
18. Paediatric patients
19. The older adult
20. Palliative care
21. Cultural diversity
22. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
23. Rural and remote health
24. Health care education

UNIT 5: Responding to basic psychosocial needs
25. Self-concept
26. Stress, anxiety, adaptation, and change
27. Spirituality
28. Loss and grief
29. Mental health

UNIT 6: Responding to basic physiological needs
30. Vital signs
31. Physical assessment
32. Safety, infection control and hygiene
33. Medication administration
34. Traditional and complementary therapies
35. Oxygenation
36. Fluids and electrolytes
37. Nutrition
38. Pain management, comfort and sleep
39. Mobility
40. Skin integrity and wound healing
41. Sensation, perception and cognition
42. Elimination
43. Perioperative nursing care

  • Sue C. DeLaune

    Sue C. DeLaune is currently the Education Director of S DeLaune Consulting, an independent continuing education business in Mandeville, Louisiana. She is also Assistance Professor of Nursing at William Carey University, New Orleans, Louisiana, where she provides didactic and clinical instruction to students in fundamentals of nursing. DeLaune has over 35 years of experience as a clinician, administrator and educator.

  • Patricia Kelly Ladner

    Patricia K. Ladner, after retiring from forty years of nursing in 2005, has served as the Volunteer Coordinator for three Catholic Churches in DeLisle, Mississippi, Katrina Recovery. Following Katrina, she has presented numerous workshops on Infection Control and Dealing with Loss, as well as coordinating the activities of volunteers from many states. She is a former Consultant for Nursing Practice in the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and has taught nursing in diploma and associate degree schools of nursing prior to her retirement. Ms. Ladner has been recognized as one of the Great 100 Nurses by the New Orleans District Nurses Association and is a 2009 Caring Woman Honoree by the Biloxi Regional Medical Center and Cable One. Ms. Ladner holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, Missouri, a Master's Degree in Counseling and Guidance from Troy State University, Troy, Alabama and a Master's Degree in Nursing from Louisiana State University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Lauren McTier

    Lauren McTier is Associate Professor in undergraduate studies for the Bachelor of Nursing courses in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Deakin University. Lauren’s research program is within the area of quality and safety of healthcare. Her PhD research focused on the role patients may play in improving the quality and safety of healthcare. Within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Lauren is the Director of Clinical Studies and oversees the Clinical Simulation Centre. She continues to work in clinical practice where she has more than 15 years’ experience in critical care nursing.

  • Joanne Tollefson

    Joanne Tollefson was Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the School of Nursing Sciences at James Cook University. She is a registered nurse with many years of clinical experience in several countries and extensive experience in nursing education at both the hospital and tertiary levels. Her research interests include competency-based education and clinical assessment, development of reflective practitioners for a changing work environment, chronic pain and arbovirus disease in the tropics. Joanne is also a two-time recipient of the National Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (Carrick Award, 2007 and Australian Teaching and Learning Council Award, 2008). She is now retired from formal teaching but continues to engage in nursing via researching, writing and editing nursing texts.

  • A NEW focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health, with a ground-up chapter written in a culturally safe way, introduces nursing students to respectful care of First Nations people. Cultural safety is a life-long learning process, modelled on respect, communication, safety and quality, reflection and advocacy, and is a core component of undergraduate nursing degrees following CATSINaM'S Nursing and Midwifery Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Framework, 2018 (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives)

  • NEW content has been included on elder care, as an aging population requires specific approaches in care; additional content has been added on bariatric care, and authors have included state-of-the art information about emerging trends in digital health care and documentation

  • NEW concept maps and practical activities to accompany the Nursing Care Plans in Units 5 and 6

  • 'Respecting our differences' and 'Culturally safe care' boxes encourage and challenge students to consider approaches to respectful care for people who may differ from themselves in diverse areas such as culture, race, gender, age or developmental level

  • Content is clearly linked to NMBA Standards for Practice 2016, ensuring students are compliant with all current curriculum and clinical practices

  • Cengage's core learning design principles ensure a pedagogical approach that is authentic, inclusive, intentional and personalised. This includes ‘Evidence-based practice’ boxes to focus attention on the importance of research in everyday clinical nursing; ‘Safety first’ boxes that identify health and safety issues and appropriate responses to critical situations; ‘Nursing care plans’ with concept maps to guide students through the details of an individual person’s case and the process of planning care, performing interventions and evaluating outcomes. These are accompanied by authentic practical activities that students will encounter daily in clinical practice. ‘Nursing checklists’ include important items to remember and revise, including things to consider during and after clinical decision making processes, and things to consider when relaying critical information in relation to a person's health care

  • End-of-chapter learning features include summaries, review questions and spotlight on critical thinking so that students can consolidate and practise what they have learnt in the chapter

  • Links to clinical skills videos for students and lecturers, matching Clinical Psychomotor Skills, 8e

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