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COVID ‘exacerbated’ health inequalities of people with learning disabilities

Care quality pathways created during pandemic challenge inappropriate DNACPR notices

Restrictive interventions: nurses should be ‘very clear’ about practice, warns academic

University lecturer and learning disability nurse James Ridley spoke at RCNi nursing webinar

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Picture of Jim Blair, a learning disability nurse consultant, and Lauretta Ofulue, a learning disability nurse now training to be a specialist community public health nurse, who feature in the latest Nursing Standard podcast

What all nurses have to gain from learning disabilities training

Our podcast looks at what's behind mandatory training, plus strategies from specialist nurses

Protecting ‘nurse’ title in law moves a step closer to reality

Labour MP Dawn Butler tables bill amendment so that only NMC-registered nurses are legitimate

Illustration shows nurse walking towards an exit – as nurses respond to NMC report about increasing numbers leaving profession

Nurses tell of workload and money pressures fuelling exodus from the profession

Registrants discuss factors forcing many to quit, as NMC reveals extent of departures

We can’t break NHS staff anymore, warns critical care nurse lead

Nurse leaders fear many staff will quit due to burnout and winter pressures, a survey reveals

Evidence and Practice

Supporting a young person with autism and a learning disability through transition from...

Why you should read this article: • To be aware that transitions from child to adult...

COVID-19-related stressors and coping strategies of support staff working with people...

Why you should read this article: • To identify how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected...

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

Why you should read this article: • To increase your awareness of the principles and...

Symptom management at the end of life for people with intellectual disabilities

Why you should read this article: • To refresh your understanding of the nurses’...

Meeting the mental health needs of a young person with an intellectual disability: a case study

Meeting the mental health needs of a young person with an intellectual disability: a...

Why you should read this article: • To understand that the health needs of young people with...

Person-centred planning

Person-centred planning for people with learning disabilities and complex needs

Discussion of the barriers and facilitators to implementation of person-centred planning

Features

Vaccine hesitancy: how a bespoke pathway helps people with learning disabilities

Learning disability nurse Rebecca Crossley’s vaccine clinic adapts to each individual

How to increase health check uptake for people with learning disabilities

A nurse-led team improved health outcomes for service users during COVID-19

Learning disabilities: how nurses can tackle taboos about sexual relationships

If supported, adults with a learning disability can have happy and safe sexual relationships

Sexual exploitation of children: how to raise concerns

NSPCC warns of a rise in cases of child exploitation during the pandemic

Talking about death: how to help people with learning disabilities make sense of loss

Nurses can offer valuable support through the grieving process

A day in the life: nursing at a special school for pupils with learning disabilities

Anxious children, COVID-19 scares and hospital admissions all in a day’s challenges

Opinion

Why the future’s looking bright for learning disability nursing

With an increasing population in need of care of support, there are many career opportunities

Bereavement support crisis: how should we shape future services?

Even before the pandemic, provision was inadequate. Share your views on joined-up support

Standardised uniforms for nurses: who will wear them and when?

Uniform for NHS staff in England will have a dress option and reflect cultural diversity

Students

I have a neurodiverse condition – how can I get the most out of my studies?

Advice from students with conditions such as dyslexia and autism on strategies that can help

Safeguarding demystified: a beginner’s guide

It’s an issue fundamental to nursing care, but do you know what’s expected of you?

Pop-up hospital helps students make up for placements lost to COVID-19

University offers practical experience with clinical scenarios role-played by student peers

Careers

Revalidating for the first time: what you need to know about each step of the process

We explain the requirements and timeline, plus how to stay on track using a portfolio

How new challenges re-energised our nursing careers

Two nurses prompted by the pandemic to move jobs talk about their new career paths

Becoming a nurse prescriber: how it could take your career in unexpected directions

Find out what you need to do to be qualified to practise as a non-medical prescriber

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