CPD articles

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

Skin cancer

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing and nurses are in an ideal position to help...

Childhood immunisation

There is much debate surrounding the topic of immunisation. Helen McCarthy discusses the...

The use of intravenous therapy

Nurses have a professional and legal responsibility to understand the rationale for the use...

Diabetes-associated cardiovascular risk factors

Cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer in the UK and diabetes puts people at increased...

Food safety

Food poisoning remains one of the most common causes of illness worldwide. Nurses are well...

Managing post-operative nausea and vomiting

Post-operative nausea and vomiting leads to unnecessary suffering for many surgical patients...

Compression bandaging

Compression therapy is an important element to the treatment of venous leg ulcers. The...

Blood and the classification of anaemia

This article gives a brief overview of the function and composition of blood, focusing on...

Myocardial infarction: part 2

Complications can and often do arise following myocardial infarction. Patients can be...

Myocardial infarction: part 1

Informed nursing care is crucial in effective treatment and rehabilitation of the patient...

Understanding allergies and their treatment

Allergies are common and although their effects are often minor, they can be life...

Promoting healthy skin in older people

As people age, natural changes occur in the skin that put older people at risk of poor or...

Spasticity: a common symptom of multiple sclerosis

Spasticity is a common symptom in people with multiple sclerosis. The nurse plays a vital...

Sharps injury: prevention and management

Nurses are at risk of infection through injuries caused by infected sharps and needles. The...

Dealing with scabies

The challenge for nurses in hospital and community settings is to recognise scabies, deal...

Phobias: nature, assessment and treatment

Phobias are anxiety disorders that can have a significant impact on a person’s lifestyle,...

Hysterectomy

Hysterectomy is often thought of as a last resort, but it is a common operation and there...

Lower limb amputation

The decision to amputate is a difficult one, but in some cases, amputation can greatly...

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