CPD articles

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

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...

Recognition and management of eating disorders in children and young people

Eating disorders form a group of mental health conditions characterised by abnormal eating...

Undertaking an accurate and comprehensive assessment of the acutely ill adult

Accurate assessment of the acutely ill adult who has recently been admitted to hospital, or...

Undertaking drug calculations for oral medicines and suppositories

Nurses are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in undertaking drug calculations...

The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the safe storage of...

The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is...

Undertaking an oral contraceptive pill review

This article provides nurses with an understanding of the process for undertaking an annual...

Developing and maintaining compassionate care in nursing

Compassionate care is a fundamental aspect of nursing, and is an important value that is...

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