Authoring Process


Elsevier works with independent section editors to develop and adapt skills, brief contributors and provide clinical expertise.

All adapted skills have been written by experienced Australian and New Zealand nurses and are expert reviewed by at least one Australian and New Zealand reviewer.


Skills and procedures are reviewed and updated annually, with more frequent updates when regulatory or professional practice standards change.


Lead Editor

Elizabeth Matters, BA/BN, PostgradDipMid, MN, FACN
Royal North Shore Private Hospital

Elizabeth Matters is a Registered Nurse and Midwife with a background in cardiology, cardiothoracic surgery, intrapartum and postnatal care. She has held clinical, case management, education and management roles in Australia and Germany. Her special interests are workplace educational strategies to engage nurses in lifelong learning and cross-cultural dialogue within the profession. Elizabeth was made a Fellow of the Australia College of Nursing in 2014 and has given papers at International Council of Nurses conference events in Melbourne and Seoul.

Section Editors

Lise Duggan RN, Bachelor of Nursing Science, Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing, MACN, MCENA
Austin Hospital

Lise completed her Bachelor of Nursing Science in 2004 at LaTrobe University. She has subsequently gone on to complete a Graduate Certificate and Diploma in Emergency Nursing and now currently works as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Emergency Department of Austin Health in Melbourne. She has pursued diverse roles at Austin Health including: Associate Nurse Unit Manager, Practice Manager of a co-located GP clinic, and Quality Coordinator. These roles have provided Lise with experience in clinical practice, leadership, quality control and clinical governance. Lise has published in the field of emergency nursing and holds key interests in evidenced-based clinical practice and promoting quality nursing care in the Emergency Department. Lise is planning to further develop her knowledge and skills in emergency nursing by enrolling in Masters of Nursing, Nurse Practitioner in the near future.

Carrie Janerka RN Emerg Cert MCLinNurs (Emerg)
Fiona Stanley Hospital and Curtin University

Carrie is a Lecturer for the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine at Curtin University, Western Australia (WA) and is a Clinical Nurse in the Emergency Department at Fiona Stanley Hospital. She has extensive experience in emergency nursing, including metropolitan, rural and remote adult and paediatric practice, and in education for this nursing specialty. In her role as Lecturer, Carrie coordinates the emergency stream of the Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing and supervises clinical nursing Masters students. She is a member of the College of Emergency Nursing Australasia (CENA) WA Committee and CENA National Education Committee, and is an instructor for the Trauma Nursing Core Course.

Damian Wilson RN, Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing, Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, Master of Nursing (Emergency Care), Ph.D. (candidate)
Austin Hospital

Damian Wilson completed his Bachelor of Nursing in 2005 at La Trobe University. He has further his studies by completing a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Nursing at RMIT and went on to complete a Masters in Emergency Nursing with special interests in triage, barriers to timely treatment and providing optimal care to a diverse community. He worked at La Trobe University as a Lecturer for six years, where he completed a Graduate Certificate in Higher Education. Currently, Damian is completing his Ph.D. full time (awarded a scholarship by La Trobe University) in Sociology. He continues to work casually at Austin Hospital in Heidelberg and as a sessional academic at Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Elfi Ashcroft (Clinical Consultant)