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

Back pain: pathogenesis, diagnosis and management

Back pain is a common problem that may have physical and psychosocial consequences for the...

Ethical practice in nursing care

Ethical practice is acknowledged as an essential feature of good nursing, yet defining what...

Vasculitis: pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment

Vasculitis is an autoimmune connective tissue disease that targets blood vessels in the body...

Identifying and transferring offenders with mental health needs

This article provides an overview of the challenges encountered by mental health staff...

Nocturnal enuresis in children

Although nocturnal enuresis is common in children and young people, many families have...

Responding to vulnerability in old age: patient-centred care

Patient-centred care is a term widely used in health policy and is familiar to staff as a...

Lumbar puncture: diagnosing acute central nervous system infections

Lumbar puncture has an important role in the diagnosis of acute central nervous system...

Mental health emergencies: using a structured assessment framework

People who have mental health crises while attending emergency departments require immediate...

Managing severe breathlessness in patients with end-stage COPD

The disease trajectory in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can be long and...

Acute pyelonephritis: risk factors, diagnosis and treatment

Pyelonephritis is an acute urological condition that involves infection of one or both...

Safeguarding vulnerable older people in hospital

Safeguarding vulnerable older people is the responsibility of all healthcare professionals,...

Trans fats: implications for health

Trans fats can be found naturally in low levels in some foods, however they are also added...

Enhanced recovery for patients following colorectal surgery

The gastrointestinal tract consists of different organs that may become diseased and require...

Enhanced recovery for patients following colorectal surgery

The gastrointestinal tract consists of different organs that may become diseased and require...

Pin site care: guidance and key recommendations

Pin site infection is the most common complication of external fixation, a complex...

An overview of atrial fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation (AF) may be encountered in primary, secondary and tertiary settings, and...

Raising awareness of dengue fever

Dengue fever is a disease of increasing relevance to international travellers. Transmitted...

Pre and post-operative needs of patients with diabetes

The incidence of diabetes is rising rapidly and individuals with the condition often have...

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