CPD articles

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

Identification and management of patients’ nutritional needs

As individuals age a number of physical and cognitive changes affect their nutritional...

Management of common fractures

The incidence of fractures increases with advancing age partly due to the presence of...

Assessment and management of depression in primary care settings

This article focuses on the assessment and management of depression in older people in...

Understanding gut-immune interactions in management of acute infectious diarrhoea

This article discusses the role that immunity plays in the risk of diarrhoea and the...

A practical guide to writing clinical articles for publication

The sharing of nursing knowledge between clinicians can strengthen the profession....

How person-centred care can improve nurses’ attitudes to hospitalised older patients

The relationship between the attitudes and behaviours of nurses and the resulting care that...

The challenges of caring for patients with influenza

Influenza is an acute, highly infectious viral infection. Seasonal outbreaks occur annually...

Making better use of older people’s narratives

For some nurses, conversations with an older patient are simply the backdrop to caregiving;...

The use of emollient therapy for ageing skin

Skin ageing has intrinsic signs and symptoms, often complicated by extrinsic photo-ageing...

Palliative care in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

This article considers the place of palliative and end of life care in the management of...

How to map a patient’s social support network

When patients are discharged from hospital they are dependent on the professional and social...

The assessment and management of pain in people with dementia in care homes

Pain is an unpleasant, subjective sensation and a universal human experience. However, under...

Prevention and control of Clostridium difficile infection

This article examines risk factors, pathogenesis, symptoms and management of Clostridium...

Caring for people with end-stage dementia

This article considers the role of palliative care in the management of patients with...

The older woman’s body image

Body image is an important concept that has a significant effect on a person’s self-esteem...

Nutrition in hospitalised patients

This article encourages nurses working with older people in general hospital settings to...

Understanding the needs of older people with rheumatoid arthritis: the role of the...

Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have complex management needs, and older people...

Visual impairment in older people

This article provides an overview of the nurse’s role in the care of older people with three...

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