CPD articles

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

Skin infestations

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

How to write a reflective practice case study

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

Smoking cessation

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

Why infection control should be everyone’s responsibility

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

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...

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...

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...

Managing the menopause: symptoms, consequences and treatment

The menopause affects all women, and nurses in any role will come across women who have...

Mosquito-borne infections and UK travellers

Mosquitoes are responsible for transmitting a significant number of infections around the...

Understanding help-seeking behaviour in patients

Healthcare staff based in the community have a vested interest in understanding the help-...

Identifying, diagnosing and managing skin allergies

There are several skin conditions that can be triggered by allergy. These allergies can be...

Treatment and management of psoriasis

Psoriasis is a complex, lifelong condition requiring effective treatment and management....

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