CPD articles

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

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...

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...

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