Opinion, analysis and debate
In the 199th year since Florence Nightingale’s birth, it is appropriate that the Florence Nightingale Foundation (FNF) celebrates International Nurses Day 2019 with this article.
As we celebrate 100 years of learning disability nursing, it’s important to take stock and look at where learning disability nursing has come from and where it needs to go.
This month’s issue of Nursing Times focuses on learning disabilities, both from the perspective of general nurses caring for people affected by a learning disability and that of nurses working in the specialty itself.
The Department of Health and Social Care has recently announced a consultation for health professionals about mandatory training on learning disability and autism.
Genevieve Rice speaks to Stephen Simpson, senior autism practitioner at South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust about changes in the way in which autistic patients are seen and cared for.
The prevalence rate for autism spectrum disorders is now thought to be between 1% and 1.5% and even more people will be undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
In hospital, people with a learning disability often receive poor care; some die prematurely as a result. How can nurses help reduce these inequalities?, asks Jane Iorizzo
For the last 99 years the work of learning disability (LD) nurses has been largely hidden within the wider nursing family; much like the population that we serve.
It’s been a strange summer….Subscription
In the first of her new student editor columns, midwifery trainee Holly Morse looks back on a summer of change.
The dilemma of choiceSubscription
In her final blog as learning disability student nurse editor, Olivia Lindsay-Gould looks into the ethical issue of the choice of life, and the right to die.
With the phrase ’healthy living’ becoming more and more common, learning disabilities editor, Olivia, learns about the fine line between being healthy and creating an unhealthy habit
Can disabilities be called so?Subscription
Learning disabilities editor Liv reflects on her current placement at a brain injury rehabilitation hospital — and how she’s learned an important lesson is just a few weeks.
'When people get access to services they’re entitled to, I feel I’ve done something right'Subscription
Apprentice joiner at a shipyard, building firm owner, and clinical nurse specialist for learning disabilities. Brian Evans’ CV is not short on variety.
Placements that exceed expectations: Forensic services for people with learning disabilitiesSubscription
Learning disability nursing student editor, Olivia, knew there was one placement she didn’t want: forensics. But as soon as her placement started she realised her fears were unfounded
'Keep calm and find a job'Subscription
What happens when you don’t have a plan for when you qualify?
'We do work with pencils and paint, but learning disability nursing is still misrepresented'Subscription
People with learning disabilities and learning disability nurses; are they as misunderstood as one other?
In July, I travelled to Lordes with the charity HCPT as my elective placement.
“Nursing is an art: and if it is to be made an art, It requires an exclusive devotion”, said arguably the most famous nurse of all time, Florence Nightingale. Due to our devotion to our profession, are nurses unable to dedicate time to their own lives?
We talk to Ruth Northway who has been a nurse for 37 years and is currently professor of learning disability nursing at the University of South Wales.
Over-prescribing: yes it still happens.