Diverse Learners supports student nurses who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, long term health conditions and/or mental health issues to develop their skills and self-confidence via study skills support sessions and mentoring.
The nursing course is exciting and full of opportunity but also demanding emotionally, physically, psychologically, socially and financially. You will need to utilise all the support that is available to you. This may be family, friends, academic supervisors, lecturers, tutors, mentors or other students.
For some students who have dyslexia, dyspraxia, long term health conditions and mental health issues additional support is available via Disabled Student Allowances.
Our expert support enables nursing students to use the strategies and techniques taught in sessions to do more, in less time, using less energy.
The nursing students we support have told us that we help them to stay on their course:
“You were there when I felt like giving up”
(Beth, now a qualified nurse and mentor)
“Kerry and Andrew are the reason I have managed to continue and get to where I am!”
(Catherine 3rd year Adult nurse @Kat030689)
Support is an essential part of the nursing course.
Students who access support via DSA are more likely to graduate, get higher grades and have a better experience.
We are a small group of dedicated professionals with strong links to the nursing community. We have all experienced: dyslexia, dyspraxia, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autistic Spectrum Disorder, mental health issues personally and within our immediate family and ensures an empathetic approach we really do understand.
- Kerry - lecturer / researcher, blogger, vlogger, tweeter of #DLtips
- Andrew - nurse, mentor
- Michelle retired midwife, partner of student health visitor,
- Jim – translator of technology and trusted project collaborator
- Dave – library administrator at a NHS Trust and literature search expert
We have a wealth of experience in supporting student nurses from all over the country. We truly understand the demands placed on nursing students who often have to juggle numerous commitments –job, caring, assignments, placement, travel,- and fully aware of the professional and academic requirements needed to become a qualified nurse.
That is why we provide expert support:
Available 9am – 10pm; 7 days a week
Our ethos is support, confidence, achievement
What we do
We enable student nurses to personalise strategies and techniques we model so YOU can become a more effective and efficient learner / practitioner in university placement
Our aim is to:
- Build your confidence and self-belief
- Identify how you learn best, giving you the skills to become an independent learner
- Assess your work-life balance – challenging guilt and promoting self-compassion
- Question you to develop understanding of key concepts: Reflection, Theory to Practice
- Reassure you that no question is a silly question
- Find the skills you already and how they apply to nursing
Why Kerry set up Diverse Learners
Diverse Learners was the result of a very personal experience of being a “nursing course widow” while my husband trained from 2001 until 2004. It developed through 4 projects (see links at the end).
Diverse Learners became a passion to do things differently and challenge the way traditional “dyslexia” and “mental health” support was offered. The use of Skype means nursing students from all over the UK can now access support previously unavailable to them. Sessions via Skype are a practical solution for time strapped nursing students and makes life easier by offering flexibility as support sessions can be accessed from home, saving time and money on travel, without having to arrange childcare or even pack a bag. Support is available at evenings until 10pm and at weekends to fit around shifts and placements.
You can choose who you want to provide your DSA support. Choose the support that best meets your needs.
Utilise all the support that is available to you. Give yourself the best chance of becoming a nurse.
To find out more about Diverse Learners, please contact Kerry@Diverse-Learners.co.uk
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