Opinion, analysis and debate
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.
Learning disability branch editor, Rebecca, was shocked to find that individuals close to her were unaware that a disability does not change a person’s desire and right to be in a relationship
After a 29-hour stint at work in the space of one-and-a-half days I am exhausted and have resorted to turning off all electrical devices - minus my laptop as I’m waiting for dreaded essay results to be released - and cuddled up in bed with my little pup
As a film buff there are film quotes that succinctly sum up how you feel about a particular issue. The title of this blog (taken from the film Network) is how I feel about the health inequalities for people with learning disabilities
Dyslexia is known as a hidden disability, and most people are never formally diagnosed
One exam to go then I will have successfully finished my second year. It’s been a struggle, made harder by moving into my own home and getting both a new job and puppy in the space of four months but I’ve made it and I’m still functioning well - thanks largely to chocolate and energy drinks.