When I first told people that I was I was applying to do a degree in Learning Disability nursing, I was swiftly told that “all you will do is jigsaws, colouring in and sing nursery rhymes. There are no opportunities in Learning Disability nursing”. And nearly three years later, when I speak with students; professionals… Continue reading “There are no opportunities in Learning Disability Nursing” – Dispelling the Myth
When people ask me – as I imagine they have asked many of you – “did you always know you wanted to be a nurse?”, I have to answer honestly: No. While I was at school I was convinced I wanted to work in the theatre. From an actor to a stage manager to a… Continue reading Nursing and performing
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
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
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?