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.
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.
Whilst training for my learning disability nursing degree I am also a support worker for a fantastic charity.
'We must evolve our terminology to reflect our approach to care. Let's start with 'service user''Subscription
I think it’s fair to say that learning disability nurses are all too familiar with a variety of often puzzling terms used to identify the individuals we support. But there is one term in particular that, put simply, has to go.
As a learning disabilities nursing student I hear the word complex used to describe aspects of the lives of individuals we support.
'Lack of support on placement? Get trending'Subscription
This time last year I was preparing myself for my first placement of my first year of learning disability nursing training; I was terrified.
I speak from experience when I say that learning disabilities nursing training is a callous experience
My first year in training as a learning disability nurse (LDN) was a rollercoaster ride to say the least.
Elouise Haikney qualified in April as a children’s nurse. Student NT Editor, Chloe, finds out about her first job and discusses her transition from student to registered nurse.
People can achieve a great deal if they have support to display their abilities, says Ruth Northway
We talk to Sylvia Duval who is a second year student of learning disability nursing at London South Bank University.
'What will your legacy be?'Subscription
This week I began my final placement as a student nurse, the much anticipated management placement where I will prove I am a competent, capable student, one that is fully prepared to embark on a career in nursing.
'Why choose learning disabilities nursing?'Subscription
Four LD nurses, at various points in their careers, explain why this branch of nursing is challenging, rewarding and downright essential
This piece is written in the hope that those who read it realise that a person’s level of ability is not a stable measure but rather varies drastically in different environments. We must consider the context when we assess, plan and deliver care.
What do you do if you feel you’ve chosen the wrong branch of nursing?
'Comparison is the thief of joy'Subscription
I am borrowing some wisdom from Theodore Roosevelt which, although it has been repeated millions of times, took on new relevance when I found it floating on a familiar blog.
Following your 'heart' is not always easySubscription
The expression ‘follow your heart’ is overused and I feel it needs examining a little to emphasise it is not always a simple thing to do.
Recent research by Mencap has found nearly half of NHS hospitals in England do not have a learning disability liaison nurse in place.
Am I entitled to Disabled Students' Allowance?Subscription
Many student nurses are unaware they are entitled to DSA, meaning they miss out on valuable emotional, practical and financial support
Individuals with learning disabilities are becoming more independent, but at the same time, they are getting fatter.
Kieran was disappointed with his first community placement, but on reflection he realised that the aspects he had seen as “bad” were valuable learning opportunities
Student nurse, Catherine, found healthcare professionals gave mixed reactions to her dyslexia diagnosis
"An opportunity to celebrate the energy and dynamism within learning disability nursing"Subscription
Over the past year the media have given nurses and nursing some very bad press
We want you! Become a care makerSubscription
Are you passionate about delivering high standards of patient-centred care and committed to making a difference?
My course gives me the training to become both a learning disability nurse and a social worker and I aim to use my understanding of both these specialisms to draw health and social care together in the future.
Comment: 'My personal journey changes constantly, so how can I expect my patients' to remain consistent?'Subscription
There are well-developed person-centred tools in all fields of nursing, but a tool is only a tool and can only be as good as the person using it
Three amazing years as a student nurse are coming to an end.