Third year, learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton
Ian Unitt, third year, learning disability nursing, University of Wolverhampton
Hello! My name is Ian and I am your new Student Nursing Times editor for the branch of learning disability nursing.
I arrived in the field fairly late in life after spending the previous 20 years working as an inspector on the railway. If I am being totally honest, the work didn’t really fulfil me and after much deliberation I applied for a job supporting people with learning disabilities and autism with a local provider.
This was my first real experience of being around people with learning disabilities and I was hooked from the start – I loved the work and the people I helped support; it was the first time in my life that I had a job that I enjoyed and an idea of what my future career could look like.
During my time as a support worker, I rediscovered my passion for learning and I spent two years studying towards a Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care which I passed in 2016.
From there I applied for a place at the University of Wolverhampton to study learning disability nursing and I am currently just starting my third year (it’s all going so quickly!).
Over the next 12 months, I am hoping to use this platform to raise the profile of the learning disability nursing field and to highlight the issues that are important to people with learning disabilities and autism. I would also like to raise awareness of the health inequalities that people face, which as future nurses we can all play a part in reducing.