CPD articles

Our continuing professional development (CPD) articles are designed to assist with your nursing skills and practice.

Asthma

Nursing management of paediatric asthma in emergency departments

Childhood asthma is a complex disease which may be resistant to treatment and varies in its...

Lyme disease: recognition and management for emergency nurses

Lyme disease: recognition and management for emergency nurses

Over the past ten years there has been a significant rise in the number of people who...

Burns

Emergency management of burns: part 2

Infrequent presentation of this patient group to emergency departments can cause stress and...

Burns

Emergency management of burns: part 1

Caring for patients with burn injuries can be traumatic for staff. Non-specialist clinicians...

Sports concussion

Concussion in sport: the importance of accurate and reliable discharge advice

Concussion in sport is a common presentation in urgent and emergency care settings, so it is...

Chicken pox

Nursing management of childhood chickenpox infection

Chickenpox is an extremely contagious infectious disease caused by varicella zoster virus (...

Parkinsons

Parkinson’s disease: nursing care in emergency settings

In the UK 127,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, many of whom are frequently...

Skin tears

Prevention and management of skin tears in older people

Skin tears are frequently encountered in emergency and unscheduled care, and are prevalent...

Glasgow Coma Scale

The Glasgow Coma Scale in adults: doing it right

After 40 years, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) is the resource of choice for assessing the...

managing childhood pain in the ED

Assessment and management of pain in children following traumatic limb injury

Children with acute musculoskeletal pain caused by traumatic injury often present to...

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Management of head injuries in children

Head injury is the most common cause of injury-related death and permanent disability in...

Fingertip Injury

Assessment, management and treatment of acute fingertip injuries

Fingertip injuries with nail bed trauma can require specialist hand surgery, depending on...

Examining the knee joint

Appropriate history taking and examination can ensure accurate diagnosis of common knee...

Writing and publishing clinical articles: a practical guide

The sharing of knowledge among nurses and clinicians can strengthen the healthcare...

Mental health emergencies: using a structured assessment framework

People who have mental health crises while attending emergency departments (EDs) require...

Treating knee pain: history taking and accurate diagnoses

Prompt and effective diagnosis and treatment for common knee problems depend on...

Introduction to electrocardiogram interpretation: part 2

Twelve-lead electrocardiograms (ECGs) record 12 different views of cardiac electrical...

An introduction to electrocardiogram interpretation: part 1

This article describes how to interpret the single-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). The author...

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