I am currently only in my frist year of training to become a learning disability nurse. My concern is that this branch of nursing is not wanted anymore. Any time I try to look towards the future and plan a possible career path I feel like I'm getting knocked back as there seems to be no desire for LD nurses. It's seriously making me consider changing branches, despite the fact that I'm very passionate about what I am doing at the moment. Does anyone else have any thoughts?
Don't give up, LD nurses are needed and are valued. Maybe not by managers etc, but certainly by families with LD needs. As said before be unique - be different - and make a difference... you know you can. Good luck.
Hi, I heard all this stuff 22years ago when I trained to et a RNMH. LD nursing is still needed for a minority of people who have a LD. Look at other countries where they got rid of LD nursing (NZ, Australia) they have had to bring it back. Try up here in Scotland. We have lots of small specilist NHS units who have an ageing workforce and are always on the look out for good RNLD's.
hi , i heard all this too when I qualified in 1987 !! and to be truthful there are still people out there who question what we do, it makes me so mad. I worked in a respite service for years and for all the families that I hepled to make Happy, it was worth every second ! so don't give up, you too will bring joy to someones' life