CPD articles

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

Bronchodilators: implications for nursing practice

Beta 2 -adrenoreceptor agonists are the most widely prescribed bronchodilators and are used...

Malaria

Malaria is a common and dangerous tropical disease, caused by a parasite transmitted to...

Continence in older people: a priority for primary care

Many older people experience some form of incontinence and, as a large proportion will...

HIV and AIDS: an overview

Despite a decrease in deaths due to AIDS in industrialised nations, there is still much...

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs: clinical issues

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include aspirin, ibuprofen and diclofenac....

Regulation of water, sodium and potassium: implications for practice

Regulation of fluid balance is a complex subject. Sharon Edwards discusses the physiological...

Internet skills for nurses

As the internet becomes increasingly accessible to more people, it is important to...

Making sense of cancer

Nurses caring for patients with cancer do so at varying stages of the disease trajectory...

Nutritious, enjoyable food in nursing homes

Mary Clay describes ways in which nurses should ensure that patients in nursing homes...

Deep vein thrombosis: clinical nursing management

The occurrence of a deep vein thrombosis is potentially life threatening and rapid...

The pressures felt by informal carers of people with dementia

Caring for people with dementia is complex and demanding, and informal carers carry out much...

Assessment of a breathless patient

This article discusses a systematic approach to the assessment of a breathless patient and...

Nursing in outpatient child and adolescent mental health

This article examines the role of nurses within outpatient child and adolescent...

Nutritional benefits of drinks

Much is known about the importance of promoting adequate nutrition, but the fluid content of...

Parkinson’s disease: the challenge

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and degenerative condition. Rather than effecting a cure,...

The erectile dysfunction revolution

Erectile dysfunction affects approximately one in ten men at some point in their lives. Edna...

Men’s health: a cause for concern

The state of men’s health is a cause for concern; men are less likely to seek medical help...

Intermittent self-catheterisation

Intermittent self-catheterisation is a way for patients to manage a poorly emptying bladder...

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