CPD articles

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

Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: symptoms, treatment and management

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a complex functional bowel disorder. It can be difficult...

Locating difficult veins for venepuncture and cannulation

Vein location and assessment are essential to improve the success rates for vascular access...

Promoting healthy lifestyle behaviours and well-being among nursing students

First-year university students often embark on university life with excitement. In addition...

An overview of adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation equipment

Nurses have many roles and responsibilities in relation to cardiopulmonary resuscitation (...

The role of obesity in the onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus

The onset of type 2 diabetes mellitus is associated with various modifiable and non-...

Exploring how mindfulness and self-compassion can enhance compassionate care

Research suggests that the development of mindfulness and self-compassion may help to...

Chronic heart failure part 2: treatment and management

Chronic heart failure is a common and complex clinical syndrome that results from impaired...

Chronic heart failure part 1: pathophysiology, signs and symptoms

Chronic heart failure is a common and complex clinical syndrome that results from impaired...

Enabling patients to manage altered body image

The author presented a model in the 1990s to explain altered body image, which has been used...

Raising concerns and reporting poor care in practice

This article considers the issue of poor care and how nurses should respond when they...

Understanding mental capacity law and making best-interests decisions

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 was enacted with the aim of improving the protection provided...

An overview of the management of patients with chronic pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is a complex inflammatory condition characterised by irreversible...

A practical overview of how to conduct a systematic review

With an increasing focus on evidence-based practice in health care, it is important that...

Tinnitus: considerations for nursing practice

Tinnitus is a common condition characterised by a subjective, and less commonly objective,...

Assessing acute and chronic pain in children and young people

Accurate assessment of pain in children and young people is an essential nursing skill that...

Overactive bladder in women

Overactive bladder in women is a common chronic condition of urinary storage, affecting a...

Assessment and management of patients with minor traumatic wounds

Patients with minor traumatic wounds are a common and universal presentation to emergency...

Identifying different learning styles to enhance the learning experience

Identifying your preferred learning style can be a useful way to optimise learning...

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