CPD articles

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

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...

Care of older people with diabetes

The global population is ageing, and increasingly developing long-term conditions and...

Role of patient education in postoperative pain management

Postoperative pain continues to be a significant issue in healthcare, with a considerable...

Improving nurses’ level of reflection

Reflecting on practice is an important aspect of nursing. There is widespread...

Supporting safe sexual and intimate expression among older people in care homes

This article outlines how care home staff can support safe sexual and intimate expression...

Developing nurses’ transformational leadership skills

Healthcare is a complex area with significant potential for service improvement despite the...

Developing patient rapport, trust and therapeutic relationships

Rapport is established at the first meeting between the patient and nurse, and is developed...

Role of effective nurse-patient relationships in enhancing patient safety

Ensuring and maintaining patient safety is an essential aspect of care provision. Safety is...

Recognising and diagnosing depression in children and young people

This article focuses on the recognition and diagnosis of depression in children and young...

Managing patients’ anxiety about planned medical interventions

Patients are often anxious about planned medical interventions, and those experiencing...

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