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Image shows service user Bethany with her father and mother

Cause for optimism on a learning disability nursing ‘reset’ in 2020

乐动体育滚球After a mixed 2019, what can the sector look forward to this year?

My Daddy is a Nurse, by Butterfly Books, challenges gender stereotypes about nursing

My Daddy is a Nurse: the children’s book challenging gender stereotypes

乐动体育滚球Nursing Now campaign and chief nurse work with publisher to tackle profession’s gender divide

nurse sits on sofa talking to woman who is holding an infant

Post-reg education: shake-up in specialist community public health nursing standards

乐动体育滚球NMC in plan to update framework to reflect modern nursing roles

Sign outside High Court in Edinburgh, which reads 'High Court of Justiciary'

Nursing student freed on appeal after serving half her prison sentence for fraud

乐动体育滚球Thandiwe Matikiti had dishonestly secured public money to fund her degree

People wearing face masks in Hong Kong

Coronavirus outbreak: passengers from China to UK urged to say if they feel unwell

Government directive concerns flights from city of Wuhan

Image of a young person with a learning disability and autisim who has been locked in an inpatient unit

Charities call for government action on people with learning disabilities ‘locked away’

More than 2,000 people with LDs, including 230 children, sectioned under Mental Health Act

Evidence and Practice

Using functional assessments to involve service users in their positive behaviour support plan

Using functional assessments to involve service users in their positive behaviour...

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Supporting people with learning disabilities to have blood tests

Supporting people with learning disabilities to have blood tests

乐动体育滚球Why you should read this article • To acknowledge that people with learning disabilities...

Role of a learning disability nursing network in developing students’ skills

Role of a learning disability nursing network in developing students’ skills

Why you should read this article • To enhance your awareness of how online networking can...

Development of training programme to manage behaviour

Some children and young people with a learning disability also present with behaviour that...

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Exploring mental health issues in people with an intellectual disability

Why you should read this article • Mental health concerns in people with intellectual...

Exploring the value of reflexivity in learning disability research

Reflexivity can be used by researchers to manage their thoughts, feelings and preconceptions

Features

Picture shows a couple with learning disabilities smiling at the camera. Dating agencies for people with learning disabilities aim to help them find not only romance but also friendships that can reduce social isolation.

Dating agencies: a chance to find romance for people with learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses might be asked to help a service user looking for love and companionship to apply to a dating agency

PBS Festival 2019 encourages positive approach to behaviour that challenges

Event attracted practitioners and people with learning disabilities and their families

Forced marriage

Is your client at risk of forced marriage?

How nurses can help people with learning disabilities who are at risk of forced marriage

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Personalised end of life care for people with learning disabilities is the gold standard

Irene Tuffrey-Wijne advocates service-user involvement in decisions that affect them

Alice Waddington, Emily Hesketh and Eve Kavanagh

Ensuring everyone has a voice: a communication tool for non-verbal patients

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource

Learning disabilities team transforms hospital experience and culture of care

Team has reduced hospital stays and introduced 'champions' network and training

Opinion

Illustration of pound sign with graduate cap on depicting grants for learning disability nursing students

Student finance: one of several reasons for optimism in 2020

After years of stagnation and decline this year has started with some positives

Happy LD nurses

Planet Rachael: could this be the year of the ‘lovely’ nurse?

Staff attitudes and behaviour fail to meet expectations but are easy to fix

TROG, a test of language skills, aids communication with people who have a mild learning disability, helping to keep them engaged. Picture shows a TROG test in which a woman points at symbols on a board in response to questions.

Communication: one test that can keep people with mild learning disabilities engaged

A test of language skills has helped breakdown potential barriers for healthcare staff

Students

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

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A fresh take on medicines management for patients with a learning disability

Mental health nursing student Kirsty Killiard implemented a system for monitoring the use of ‘as required’ medication for patients on a forensic learning disability ward, earning her a place as a finalist in the RCNi Nurse Awards.

Careers

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

We saw first-hand how learning disability nurses helped our son

After witnessing their son’s care, a couple have decided to become learning disability nurses

Penelope Clark

‘Taking on a lone position has been a challenge. I love it’

Award-winning Penelope Clark moved her family 800 miles to take up a post as the only community liaison nurse for learning disabilities and autism on the remote Shetland Islands

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