CPD articles

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

Asthma in older adults

Asthma has become increasingly common in the older population. Educating older...

Prevention of surgical site infection

Surgical site infection (SSI) is a common healthcare-associated infection that can cause...

Advanced cardiac examination: the arterial pulse

The pulse is a significant indicator of health and can provide valuable information to help...

Alcohol-related liver disease

Alcohol is one of the three leading causes of liver disease in the developed world. Patients...

Topical treatments

The use of topical treatments in my practice area is common, and patients with...

Chest drainage

As an intensive care nurse with experience of caring for critically ill patients in...

Breaking bad news: issues relating to nursing practice

The breaking of bad news was traditionally regarded to be the time when a doctor and nurse...

Promoting the 6Cs of nursing in patient assessment

Recognising the deteriorating patient is an essential nursing skill, and structured...

Unstable bradycardia

Bradycardia is a heart rate of less than 60 beats per minute with a normal sinus...

Writing a continuing professional development article for publication

Writing for journal publication is a worthwhile but challenging activity that requires clear...

Deep vein thrombosis

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a thrombus or blood clot that can occur in any of the...

Hypertension: diagnosis, assessment and management

Hypertension is a serious and common condition, the prevalence of which is set to rise given...

Lung cancer

As an agency nurse at a community hospital, I recently cared for a patient with...

Diagnosis and management of patients with pleural effusions

Pleural effusions occur when fluid accumulates between the visceral and parietal pleura in...

Rabies: prevention strategies for overseas travellers

Rabies is a fatal viral disease that causes acute inflammation of the brain in humans....

Searching and critiquing the research literature

This article explores how to search and critique the research literature. This involves...

Measles: pathology, management and public health issues

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that continues to occur in epidemics in the UK...

Stoma care

The CPD article provided a concise review of the three main types of stoma, the...

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