Professional Practice: A Southern African Nursing Perspective has been established since 1987 as an authoritative resource for nurses and midwives on the many aspects of professional conduct. In this textbook, the historical development of nursing and midwifery in an African context has been reworked but retained as reference source for every nurse to create an understanding and appreciation of the contribution of past nurse leaders. Continuing its tradition of equipping nursing and midwifery professionals with the necessary skills required to tackle current challenges, this new edition has been revised to include recent changes and developments that affect their practice. These include:Updated ethical and professional frameworks, and their application;A greater emphasis on the centrality of nursing and midwifery and related challenges, including task shifting;Application of ethical reasoning, specifically in resource-poor working contexts; and a greater emphasis of the tension between rights and responsibilities of patients and professionals. In line with previous editions, this book provides a meticulous, yet stimulating, mix of theory and practice that gives today's nurses and midwives clear guidance on how to conduct themselves professionally and ethically in the workplace.