CPD articles

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

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...

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...

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