CPD articles

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

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...

Care and management of patients with pruritus

Pruritus is one of the most common skin conditions in older people. People may develop...

Exploring attitudes towards older people’s sexuality

Sexuality is an important part of life, for older people as well as for others. Sexual...

Managing conflict in the care of older people

This article offers a case study skill analysis of conflict management as it applies to the...

Leg ulcers

This article aims to explain the difference between venous and arterial leg ulcers, methods...

Medication issues for nursing older people (part 2)

This article aims to raise awareness about professional responsibility and accountability in...

Medication issues for nursing older people (part 1)

This article aims to raise awareness about professional responsibility and accountability in...

Pressure ulcer prevention in older people who sit for long periods

Pressure ulcers cause distress to patients and give health professionals cause for concern...

Medication errors: professional issues and concerns

In the UK, medication errors are a growing problem. Dobrzanski et al ( 2002 ) estimated that...

Depression and dementia: taking a dual diagnosis approach

This article explores dementia and depression, the relationship between them and ways of...

Anxiety and depression

This article explores anxiety states among older people and how they may overlap with...

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...

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