Anita Skinner

Heart failure

Heart failure: part 2

A CPD article improved Anita Skinner’s knowledge of the treatment and management of chronic heart failure.

Heart failure

Heart failure: part 1

A CPD article improved Anita Skinner’s knowledge of the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms of chronic heart failure.

Chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis

A CPD article enhanced Anita Skinner’s knowledge of the assessment and management of chronic pancreatitis.

Transformational leadership

Transformational leadership

A CPD article improved Anita Skinner’s knowledge of how transformational leadership can improve staff development and patient care.

Reporting poor care

Reporting poor care

A CPD article improved Anita Skinner’s understanding of nurses’ responsibilities in raising concerns and reporting poor care.


As a nurse who has worked in mental health units in hospital and prison, I am aware that stigma is common in these settings. The words ‘mental health’ create stigma on their own.

Asthma in older adults

Reading the CPD article increased my knowledge of the different presentations and treatment of asthma in older adults. Some people develop asthma late in life; for other older adults it has been a lifelong condition.

Paracetamol overdose

Paracetamol is safe and effective at the therapeutic dose. It is beneficial as an analgesic and is an effective antipyretic. Paracetamol is cheap and easy to buy over the counter, which makes it a common choice in intentional overdose.


Depression is a common mental health disorder that impairs normal functioning, causes distress and has an adverse effect on an individual’s quality of life.


While I was aware of the link between high serum cholesterol and cardiovascular disease, I was unaware of the mechanism of atheroma development. The CPD article discussed the role of low-density lipoprotein in the development of atherosclerosis, which I found very interesting.

Stoma care

The CPD article provided a concise review of the three main types of stoma, the appliances used with each and the care provided to patients. I found it interesting to read and useful in practice.

Mental health emergencies

I gained experience of psychiatric assessment in previous roles when working in a secure psychiatric ward and within the prison service. Although I have often performed mental state assessments and assessments of suicidal intent as part of my work, I read the CPD article to refresh my knowledge in this area.

Atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a supraventricular arrhythmia. AF is common, occurs...

Dengue fever

Dengue fever is a notifiable infectious disease in England because of its...