CPD articles

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

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Preventing, identifying and managing delirium in nursing homes and acute settings

Older people in nursing homes are vulnerable to delirium, a condition causing confusion

Senior in pain

Holistic pain assessment in older people and older people living with dementia

Nurses have a crucial role in pain assessment for older people and those living with dementia

Sexually speaking: person-centred conversations with people living with a dementia

Sexually speaking: person-centred conversations with people living with a dementia

Nursing responsibilities in addressing sexuality in people living with a dementia

Type 2 diabetes in older people: pathophysiology, identification and management

Type 2 diabetes in older people: pathophysiology, identification and management

Exploring the implications of increased longevity and how this is linked to type 2 diabetes

Sexual health and well-being in later life

Sexual health and well-being in later life

This article defines sexual health and explores the changes people experience in later life

Extending the Newcastle Model: how therapeutic communication can reduce distress in people with dementia

How therapeutic communication can reduce distress in people with dementia

Newcastle Model’s biopsychosocial framework is revisited to understand the caregiving context

Osteoporosis and fragility fractures: risk assessment, management and prevention

Osteoporosis and fragility fractures: risk assessment, management and prevention

Nurses need to be aware of the risk factors and identify at-risk patients

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Understanding and managing depression in older people

Clinicians do not always recognise depression in older people as they attribute symptoms to the ageing process and the effects of failing health. Similarly, older people do not always appreciate that their symptoms relate to their mood. Understanding how depression affects older people can improve access to support, thereby improving overall health and quality of life. To ensure these outcomes we need a workforce with excellent communication skills that supports therapeutic relationships, promotes recognition of symptoms, and enhances assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management.

COPD

Helping people live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

How nurses can have a positive effect on the lives of people with COPD

Communication

Effective communication with older people

Nurses can overcome communication barriers through thoughtful interventions

Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence

Approaches to managing older people using opiates and their risk of dependence

There is little doubt that opiates have transformed healthcare, particularly in relation to pain management. However, many patients prescribed this type of drug develop problems such as dependency. Although we do not know how many older people have developed such problems due to opiate use we know that some will. It is important for nurses to understand the context in which opiates are used, as well as the specific needs of older people and how to respond to them.

Ethical practice in dementia care

Ethical practice in dementia care

Case study examples of challenging ethical situations that might be encountered

Sexuality and sexual intimacy in later life

Sexuality is as important in older age as it is throughout life, and its expression can be...

Maintaining skin health in older people

Skin changes associated with age are inevitable. Ageing is associated with structural and...

Assessment, prevention and treatment of faecal incontinence in older people

Faecal incontinence is an impaired ability to control the passage of stool, often described...

Assessment and management of older people with venous leg ulcers

A venous leg ulcer (VLU) is defined as the loss of skin below the knee on the leg or foot in...

Care of older patients with delirium in hospital

This article aims to assist nurses and nursing students to consider the presentation of...

Approaches to acute pain management in older people

Pain is a diverse, individual experience and is associated with distress and suffering....

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