CPD articles

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

Mental health assessment

Identifying people with deteriorating mental health using a mental state assessment

Read this article to understand the role of a mental state assessment

Understanding nurses’ responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity

Understanding nurses’ responsibilities in promoting equality and diversity

Empowering nurses to recognise and challenge discrimination

Managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on patients’ nutritional status

Managing the effects of cancer and cancer treatments on patients’ nutritional status

Familiarise yourself with nutritional interventions that can support individuals

Recognising the importance of language in effective pain assessment

How language can assist nurses in understanding the patient’s pain experience

Understanding the causes, symptoms and effects of young-onset dementia

Understanding the causes, symptoms and effects of young-onset dementia

Improve your knowledge of the condition and its distinct challenges

Understanding equality and diversity in nursing practice

Understanding equality and diversity in nursing practice

Increase awareness of forms of discrimination that may be experienced by staff and patients

Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice

Understanding the relevance of human rights in healthcare and nursing practice

Learn about the function of human rights, and its relationship with nursing care

Haemorrhage

Management of haemorrhage and haemorrhagic shock

Learn about their pathophysiology to ensure prompt recognition and treatment

Care of patients undergoing the removal of an indwelling urinary catheter

Care of patients undergoing the removal of an indwelling urinary catheter

Know the associated complications and how these can be prevented and managed

Understanding the elements of a holistic wound assessment

Understanding the elements of a holistic wound assessment

Enhance your awareness of factors that affect wound healing and management

Early diagnosis and effective management of sepsis

Learn about prompt early treatment using care bundles such as the ‘sepsis six’

Assessment, diagnosis and management of constipation

Assessment, diagnosis and management of constipation

The common causes and types of constipation, and the interventions available

Selection and management of central venous access devices

How to ensure safe and reliable venous access, and reduce the risk of long-term complications

Tracheostomy care: the role of the nurse before, during and after insertion

Enhance your knowledge of the effective management of patients with a tracheostomy

Understanding and applying personality types in healthcare communication

How knowledge of personality types can improve your contact with colleagues and patients

Use of personal protective equipment in nursing practice

Understand types of PPE in various clinical scenarios and appropriate application

Role of the nurse in acute stroke care

An overview of the diagnosis and management of this medical emergency

Responding to people who are experiencing spiritual pain

Be aware of this often hidden or overlooked type of pain among patients

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