CPD articles

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

Managing patients with multimorbidity

Managing patients with multimorbidity

Multimorbidity is becoming an increasing problem with more patients having two or more long-...

Improving outcomes for patients with irritable bowel syndrome in primary care, with specific focus on diet

Improving outcomes for patients with irritable bowel syndrome in primary care, with...

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common disorder of gastrointestinal function with symptoms...

Skin

Skin infections

This article outlines the issues involved in assessing and managing people who present with...

Lungs

Improving interpretation of spirometry for better diagnosis

Spirometry is the most widely used pulmonary function test. It is useful for identifying...

Insulin

Insulin safety: avoiding mistakes and reducing risk

Insulin is a powerful glucose-lowering agent which can save lives and have a significant...

Louse

Skin infestations

Infestations can be found on the skin or cause skin reactions. There are many types of skin...

Write a reflective account

How to write a reflective practice case study

As evidence and experience play an important role in underpinning primary healthcare,...

Smoking cessation

Smoking cessation

The health burden of smoking tobacco is well documented and it is known to kill more than...

Infection control

Why infection control should be everyone’s responsibility

Infection control is vital in all aspects of health and social care provision. Infection...

Allergy test

A guide to recognising and diagnosing suspected food allergy in children

Food allergy continues to be a public health concern widely reported in developed countries...

Teenage Decision

Consent to medical treatment of the mature minor: is autonomy achievable?

The philosophy of healthcare is based on autonomy and capacity, autonomy being the patient’s...

Hypertension

Tackling hypertension: what’s new?

The acquisition of accurate and consistent blood pressure measurements is the responsibility...

Managing indwelling catheters in community settings

Long-term catheterisation is indicated for a wide range of conditions and circumstances. Due...

A framework to guide effective patient education

Nurses who understand the philosophical concept of knowledge are able to deliver patient...

Perspectives for nurses on mental health in children and young people

An increasing number of children and young people are accessing services for a range of...

Assessing a patient with a common dermatological problem

Skin conditions are common and patients will present in all care settings. Nurses observe...

Intimate partner violence and the role of community nurses

Intimate partner violence is a common problem that is known to have serious and long-term...

Tea: hydration and other health benefits

There is concern in some health profession literature and the wider media that caffeinated...

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