CPD articles

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

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...

Therapeutic communication

As the population ages and the incidence of chronic diseases and lifestyle-related...

Fibromyalgia: clinical features, diagnosis and management

Patients with fibromyalgia experience chronic widespread pain, with associated symptoms of...

Using the British National Formulary effectively

Nursing students, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in prescribing,...

Effective design, implementation and management of change in healthcare

Changes in healthcare organisations are common, and their implementation is often complex...

Identifying residents at risk of care complications in care homes

Care complications are common conditions which affect residents in care homes and often...

Improving management of sepsis in the community

Sepsis is a life-threatening organ dysfunction caused by a dysregulated host response to...

Intravenous cannula site management

Intravenous cannulation is becoming one of the most common procedures in healthcare as...

In-hospital resuscitation: recognising and responding to adults in cardiac arrest

Survival rates following in-hospital cardiac arrest remain low. The majority of patients who...

Adverse drug reactions: classification, susceptibility and reporting

Adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are increasingly common and are a significant cause of...

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