CPD articles

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

The development of diabetic ketoacidosis

To provide nurses with a greater understanding of the condition, Helen Hand describes the...

Community mental health nurses, primary care and the National Service Framework for...

The National Service Framework for Mental Health focuses on the mental health needs of...

Hand decontamination

Hand decontamination is an important intervention in controlling hospital-acquired...

Colposcopy

Colposcopy is a method of examination of the cervix using an optical magnifying instrument....

Abdominal aortic aneurysm repair

Rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is often a catastrophic event, while elective...

Graphs: looking at relationships

Research articles often incorporate data in the form of graphs. This article acts as a study...

Cystic fibrosis: adolescent care

On reaching adolescence, children with cystic fibrosis develop different needs and become...

Diverticular disease

Diverticular disease is a gastrointestinal disorder. Christine Hyde discusses the physiology...

Childhood diabetes: dietary aspects

Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in children requires a delicate balance between injected...

Understanding shock

Shock is a serious condition that involves many organs of the body and must be treated...

The biological and nursing implications of pancreatitis

Joseph McArdle examines the physiology of pancreatitis, discussing the nurse’s contribution...

Management of bowel dysfunction: evacuation difficulties

Bowel dysfunction affects many people and encompasses a variety of problems. This article...

Understanding lupus

Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease mainly affecting women of childbearing years. Angela...

Psoriasis

Patients with psoriasis can find the psychological impact of the disease as debilitating as...

Pressure sore prevention in nursing homes

Staff working in nursing homes are caring for increasingly dependent residents, who are...

Central venous access devices

Central venous access devices are used in hospital and in the long term for patients who...

Tracheostomy care

The author considers airway maintenance in the care of adult patients by providing a...

Practical stoma care

Patricia Black looks at the reasons behind and management of different types of stoma, as...

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