CPD articles

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

Managing patients with encephalitis

This article provides an overview of encephalitis and addresses its diagnosis, some of the...

Preventing catheter-associated urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common in hospital and community settings. The major...

Paediatric anaesthesia: an overview

This article provides an overview of the nursing considerations for paediatric anaesthesia...

Prevention and management of comorbid diabetes and depression

As the population ages, an increasing number of people are developing long-term conditions...

Nursing and Midwifery Council revalidation

All UK nurses and midwives will be required to perform revalidation as part of their...

Caring for patients with limb amputation

This article provides an overview of the care of patients undergoing limb amputation...

Assessing sexual health in mental health service users

This article encourages the reader to consider sexuality and sexual health as essential to a...

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...

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