Client education is central to the philosophy of nursing practice today, and may be viewed as both an intervention and as an evolving body of theory and concepts. It is also responsive to the current health care climate that supports the nurse’s role as a promoter of health and wellness. Using qualitative data obtained through a critical ethnographic study this article addresses the issue of client education through the stories of three experienced nurses who work within the community setting in a large New Zealand city. The study describes the day-to-day practices which represents their professional reality. The results of the study provide implications for policy development and professional practice. Together with concerns that underpin the provision of client education, the study also highlights nurses’ ability to provide information to clients that enable them to take the necessary action to control and enhance their own lives.