CPD articles

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

Use of professional portfolios in nursing

Nurses are increasingly using professional portfolios as a way to maintain evidence of their...

Clinical management of non-healing wounds

Chronic wounds are defined as those that have failed to heal after three months. There are...

Aetiology, clinical presentation and treatment of testicular cancer

Testicular cancer is a highly treatable and curable malignancy. It typically affects men...

Nursing management of people experiencing homelessness at the end of life

Homelessness is a complex and multidimensional issue often involving a combination of...

Preventing and managing challenging behaviour

Patients exhibiting challenging behaviour, which includes any non-verbal, verbal or physical...

Safe transfusion of blood components

Administering the wrong blood component to the wrong patient can have serious clinical...

Supporting people who experience intimate partner violence

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a significant issue in health and social care. Nurses may...

Principles and nursing management of anticoagulation

Anticoagulant drugs are widely used in hospital and community settings. Anticoagulation is...

Symptom management in women undergoing the menopause

The menopause is a physiological event involving ovarian failure as a result of a loss of...

Developing the organisational culture in a healthcare setting

This article aims to define organisational culture and explain why it is important to...

Undertaking drug calculations for intravenous medicines and infusions

Drug calculations for intravenous (IV) medicines and infusions are more complex than those...

Role of nursing leadership in providing compassionate care

This article encourages nurses to explore the concept of leadership in the constantly...

HIV and AIDS: An overview of the current issues, treatment and prevention

The theme of World AIDS Day 2017 is ‘let’s end it’. After almost 40 years since the first...

Using the ABCDE approach to assess the deteriorating patient

Patients who deteriorate without recognition or timely interventions are at risk of critical...

Methods of contraception: the nurse’s role in providing care and advice

Most women require contraception during their reproductive years, and many methods are...

Understanding and meeting your legal responsibilities as a nurse

Nurses, midwives and nursing students are legally responsible for their actions. This...

Cardiac monitoring and the use of a systematic approach in interpreting...

Attaching a patient to a cardiac monitor and obtaining a clear electrocardiogram (ECG) trace...

Management of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer at the end of life

The prevalence of nausea and vomiting in patients with advanced cancer varies, but it...

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