CPD articles

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

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...

Using the Vessel Health and Preservation framework to enhance vein assessment and...

There is a range of risk factors that can lead to peripheral intravenous (IV) cannula...

Undertaking effective handovers in the healthcare setting

Handovers are a crucial aspect of the patient’s healthcare pathway. Effective handovers...

Understanding the link between obesity and diabetes

The incidence of type 2 diabetes is rising alongside increasing rates of obesity, in part...

Leadership styles in nursing

Nurses are often asked to think about leadership, particularly in times of rapid change in...

Considering patient experience and evidence-based choice of medicines in medicines...

Medicines optimisation can be used by healthcare professionals to support patients to gain...

Effective communication with older adults

Communication is an essential aspect of life, yet it can be taken for granted. Its...

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