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Posted in: Learning disabity nurses | Specialist nursing areas

11-Mar-2010 11:25 am

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12-Mar-2010 10:58 pm

Hi there

I fully understand your concerns and rest assured you are not the only one who has those. However, despite the apparent frustrations which you are facing at present let me assure you that you are a unique nurse since no where else in the health service is holistic nursing more practised than by Registered Nurses - Learning Disabilities. Everyone has to learn to do 'holistic' things nowadays, but only LD nurses 'are' holistic in their way of thinking, approach and in seeing results in every area for those who use their service. Four years ago when I was doing my dissertation we were told the same thing and I became quite dissolutioned and almost gave up. I am glad I did not because there are thousands of people with LD who need you. Never forget that in a society where we become more and more sophisticated and able to keep children alive learning disabilities can and will only increase. That is why you are more needed and wanted than you think. Keep going, if you need more encouragement let me know and I will gladly give it. You are unique!

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Location: UK
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23-Mar-2010 8:40 pm

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.

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28-Aug-2010 11:56 am

Hi, Have you tried contacting private companies such as Mencap or Dimensions? as these companies care for people with learning disabilities in the community and employ over 4000 staff nationwide.

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11-Oct-2010 4:09 pm

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.

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Amy Garside

Amy Garside

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24-Sep-2012 8:55 am

Try inquiring for LD nursing-related jobs outside of where you live. Perhaps other cities or states are looking for LD nurses.

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josephine ryan

josephine ryan

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22-Jan-2013 12:36 pm

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

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