CPD articles

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

Promoting urinary continence in residential care

Ruth Sander provides guidance on the knowledge, detection skills, diplomacy and...

Diabetic foot ulcers

Nurses caring for people with diabetes can have an impact on the assessment and treatment of...

Coeliac disease

The classic gastrointestinal symptoms of coeliac disease are relatively well known. Alison...

Type 2 diabetes

This article is intended to increase the nurse’s understanding of the medical and clinical...

Understanding oesophageal varices

Joseph McArdle describes the risk factors associated with oesophageal varices and the...

Emergency contraception: implications for nursing practice

Emergency contraception is often misunderstood by the general public and nurses alike. This...

Wound management and pain control

In recent years there have been many advances in the management of wounds, but one area...

Peripheral intravenous therapy management

Many nurses are involved in the management of peripheral intravenous therapy. Using...

Haemophilia: the facts

Although the majority of adults and children with haemophilia are registered at designated...

Public involvement: working for better health

The aim of this article is to increase nurses’ understanding of the ways in which the public...

Assertiveness, power and influence

This article describes how nurses can use the concepts of assertiveness, power and influence...

Quality and the new NHS

In this article, the authors explore the concept of quality in health care and examine in...

Meetings: the challenge

Attending meetings can be a daunting task, but with the right attitude they can be made to...

Understanding perioperative nursing

Perioperative nursing is a complex arena that involves various roles and procedures. The...

Skin care in old age

Older people face many problems in terms of skin care and can suffer from a number of...

Meeting the nutritional needs of people with mental health problems

In these days of holistic care, it is perhaps surprising that the nutritional needs of...

Sexually transmitted diseases

Simon Wright discusses four sexually transmitted diseases commonly seen at sexual health...

Mechanical ventilation

In this article Nigel Henderson discusses the nursing role in the mechanical ventilation of...

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