CPD articles

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

Suicide among older people

Overall, the number of people who kill themselves across all ages is falling but suicide...

Understanding bowel problems in older people: part 2

Bowel problems can be devastating for patients and those who care for them. Accurate...

Understanding bowel problems in older people

Bowel problems can be devastating for patients and those who care for them. Accurate...

Hypothermia: assessment treatment and prevention

Hypothermia is a condition that can have serious consequences, yet its symptoms are often...

Arthritis in the older person: part 2

Part 1 of this article, in last month’s Nursing Older People , identified the major...

Delphi survey research and older people

Delphi survey or Delphi technique has been described as an effective way of gathering...

Infections and their treatment in older people

Bacteria are robust micro-organisms that can survive even in the presence of antibiotics...

Older people with learning disabilities Part 2: accessing care and the implications for...

In the second of two articles, Robert Jenkins concludes his discussion of nursing care for...

Sleep in the older adult

Sleep problems tend to increase with age, so much so that insomnia can become entwined with...

Assessing the cultural and religious needs of older people

Patients’ cultural and religious needs can become particularly important during ill health...

The evidence base for gerontological nursing practice. Part 2: Making sense of the...

This is the second of two articles exploring the meaning of ‘evidence-based practice’. The...

The evidence base for gerontological nursing practice. Part 1: What do we mean by ‘...

In recent years, ‘evidence-based practice’ has featured increasingly in the lexicon of...

Oxygen therapy for older people

Oxygen therapy requires careful assessment before treatment is commenced and ongoing...

Person-centred assessment with older people

This article describes the principles behind the assessment of older people’s needs and the...

Parkinson’s disease, palliative care and older people: part 2

In the second of two articles on palliative care for people with Parkinson’s disease, the...

Parkinson’s disease, palliative care and older people: part 1

In the first of two articles on palliative care for people with Parkinson’s disease, the...

Constipation: identifying the problem

Constipation is a common problem in older age and a costly one, both in terms of treatment...

Rehabilitation and older people

This article explores team and goal-planning approaches to rehabilitation and intermediate...

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