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Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

This year, Learning Disability Awareness Week took place between 18th and 24th June. To celebrate, my cohort of third year learning disability nursing students had arranged in a variety of activities to promote awareness. Monday We uploaded a video of us singing and signing along to ‘This Is Me’ from the film The Greatest Showman.… Continue reading Reflections from Learning Disability Awareness Week 2018

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‘Treat Me Well’ Campaign and our visit to Parliament

I have had a personal connection to Mencap for a long time. When I became a student nurse, however, I became even more acutely aware of how important their work is in the health and social care system – just one of the many reasons why I am so honoured to be part of their… Continue reading ‘Treat Me Well’ Campaign and our visit to Parliament

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Improving education and fighting stigma around Down’s Syndrome

I feel so lucky to have grown up with a sibling with Down’s Syndrome. Growing up with – and at some points caring for – my older sister, Mary, has given me some of the most joyful memories of my childhood and some of the most valuable lessons as a student nurse. My sister has… Continue reading Improving education and fighting stigma around Down’s Syndrome

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What is learning disability nursing?

Out of the four fields of nursing, learning disability nursing seems to one of mystery. The role and existence of learning disability nurses is still questioned frequently and our specialist skills are often overlooked. So, what is this enigma that we call learning disability nursing? There is no clear definition for learning disability nursing and… Continue reading What is learning disability nursing?