Learning disability student nurse editor
As nurses, and as people, we want to comfort others, show that we care and empathise with their situation. But often we go about this in the wrong way.
Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
“Hospital admissions for dog bites are three times as high in the most deprived areas of England as in the least,” BBC News reports.
A record number of requests have been made by hospitals and care homes to deprive people of their liberty, figures show.
Mental Capacity Act
Gaining ethical approval is a key part of being able to undertake research but can be complex. Understanding the process will help you to submit a successful application
Patients sometimes make choices that may harm their health. Should practitioners be able to override these choices if they are acting in the patient’s benefit?
Bladder and bowel problems are common in children with learning disabilities, and often attributed to the disability itself. However, many of these problems are treatable
Learning to use the toilet can be challenging for some children with autism. Nurses have an important role in supporting children and their families
People with learning disabilities are often victims of sexual abuse. Nurses need to assess their ability to consent and help them understand the consequences of sexual contact
Breast and cervical screening can be a daunting, traumatic and often confusing process for women with learning disabilities.
A weekly exercise group for people with learning disabilities was developed to promote fitness and healthy eating. Two community nurses explain how
People with learning disabilities have a high risk of obesity and cardiovascular morbidity. Multidisciplinary working is vital to identify potential problems early
The social model of disability challenges the view of disability as an individual problem, and awareness of it can advance nursing practice
Regulators have said a mental health and learning disability trust should be placed in “special measures”, the support system for failing NHS organisations, after inspectors judged it to be “inadequate” and raised concerns about low staff morale.
People with a learning disability or a mental health label are not treated in a respectful manner, says Terry Bryan
This article explores the issue of communication between health professionals and patients with cancer from different cultures, and the limitations in using professional or family interpreters.