CPD articles

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

Patient-centred care: improving healthcare outcomes

Patient-centred care is a model of care that respects the patient’s experience, values,...

Recognition and management of asthma in children and young people

Asthma is a common childhood disorder that has global significance. Developing an...

Helping patients to learn about self-management

Nurses are often urged to help patients learn about their illness and the self-management...

Clinical features and management of haemorrhagic shock

This article discusses the clinical features of haemorrhagic shock and the strategies used...

Using systematic reviews to inform nursing practice

Health care is constantly being reformed to improve the safety and quality of services, and...

Applying critical thinking to nursing

Critical thinking and writing are skills that are not easy to acquire. The term ‘critical’...

Integrating the 6Cs of nursing into mentorship practice

Nurses and midwives are asked to demonstrate the 6Cs (care, compassion, competence,...

Effective communication and teamwork promotes patient safety

Teamwork requires co-operation, co-ordination and communication between members of a team to...

Concept mapping: a tool for improving patient care

This article reviews the use of concept mapping as a person-centred problem-solving aid to...

Improving nutrition in older people in acute care

Older people have an increased risk of becoming malnourished when they are ill. Admission to...

Managing lifestyle factors in adults with osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a major cause of disability in older people in the UK. The symptoms of...

Clinical presentation, assessment and management of pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a complex and unpredictable disorder that may occur during pregnancy. Its...

Psychological needs of people living with cancer

The mental health of patients with cancer is a vital part of their overall wellbeing. Unmet...

Managing fatigue in adults with multiple sclerosis

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms experienced by people with multiple sclerosis (MS...

Effects of rounding on patient care

Rounding is practised widely in the NHS and nurses should understand its practice and value...

Patient advocacy: the role of the nurse

The role of nurses as patient advocates is well recognised by healthcare professionals, yet...

Preventing amputation in adults with diabetes: identifying the risks

Good management of diabetes can reduce the risk of complications of the disease. When not...

Spirituality in nursing practice

Spirituality is an important aspect of holistic care that is frequently overlooked. This is...

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