CPD articles

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

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...

Myocardial infarction and older people

Nurses have a central role to play in the care of older people who have suffered a...

Phenomenological research and older people

Phenomenology has become one of the most popular research approaches used by nurses in...

Continence and older people: the importance of functional assessment

Continence problems among older people are debilitating, embarrassing and uncomfortable but...

Tuberculosis and older people

Tuberculosis is a disease with a long history and although concerted efforts have been made...

Cancer and older people

This article considers some causes of cancer, diagnostic assessments and treatment options,...

Care of older people with visual impairment

This article explains how nursing staff can make a difference to older patients with visual...

Learning from carers’ experiences: helping older people with dementia to eat and drink

Eating and drinking difficulties are common in people with dementia and yet some health...

Managing Parkinson’s disease in long-term care

Parkinson’s disease affects one in every 100 people over the age of 60 and one in ten...

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