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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

University team wants nurses’ input on protective gown designs

Ever thought your personal protective equipment could be better designed?

Picture shows older woman in medic's uniform looking at computer screen

Retired nurses with lapsed registrations targeted for return to the profession

University’s return to practice course seeks to boost local NHS workforce

Get your booster, urges nurse who delayed jab due to hesitancy

Toyin Oladotun administered COVID-19 vaccine for months before getting first jab

Nurses call on NMC to withdraw from Stonewall’s diversity programme

Affiliation with the scheme risks damaging the profession’s reputation, says open letter

New short films show ‘what a great profession nursing is’

Promotional videos show newly qualified nurses talking of pride in their new career

Evidence and Practice

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

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

Holding hands

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

A refresher on nurses’ responsibilities in relation to providing end of life care

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...

Enhance your knowledge of the challenges for this client group in accessing services

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

Understanding and managing trauma in people with severe and profound learning disabilities

Understanding trauma in people with severe and profound learning disabilities

Strategies you can use to support service users who may have experienced trauma

Adapting the Solihull Approach for staff caring for adults with learning disabilities

Enhancing practitioners’ understanding of service users’ behaviours that challenge

Features

Placements: how students can prepare, survive and thrive

Lecturer Sam Humphrey sets out a strategy for learning disability students

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

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

Simulated clinical placements: how to learn from mistakes in a risk-free environment

Virtual reality and high-tech simulation can build confidence to practise safely

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?

Careers

What does being a Queen’s Nurse mean and could it improve your practice?

The title recognises high standards of person-centred care in community nursing

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

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