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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

Steep rise in NHS staff absence: do you feel under pressure to fill the gaps?

Find out about your rights to time off as your work life hits new levels of stress

Nursing students are not part of COVID-19 workforce, RCN asserts

College says Scottish Government implies students on placements are ‘additional staff’

A negative lateral flow test result for coronavirus

Shorter self-isolation time gets you back to work sooner – but is it worth extra risk?

Science adviser admits rule-change comes with risk, as RCN calls for nurse exemption

Are you a disordered eater? How being a nurse could be putting you at risk

Protected mealtimes are helpful to patients, so maybe it’s time you had them too

New COVID-19 self-isolation rules: what nurses need to know

Isolation period for people testing positive in England reduced to five days from 17 January

Evidence and Practice

Supporting a young person with autism and a learning disability in services transition

The transition from child to adult services can often be challenging

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

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

Learn about pandemic-related stressors and the coping strategies developed by support staff...

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

Overuse of psychotropics: implementing the STOMP programme in clinical practice

Learn from a local community service’s strategy to reduce the use of psychotropics drugs

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

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

Ideas welcome: how to innovate to improve patient care

All nurses can be leaders in innovation, whatever their job title, pay scale or experience

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

Students

What is unprofessional behaviour and how can I avoid it?

Professionalism isn’t keeping quiet and looking tidy – here’s how to focus on what matters

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

Careers

Are you at a career crossroads? Advice for nurses looking to change direction

The pandemic has left many nurses thinking of changing their role. Here’s what to consider

What is a senior addiction nurse – and could you be one?

The role provides treatment and care to those experiencing alcohol and drug misuse issues

What is competency and how can I maintain it?

Competency is a key principle of the NMC code and without it, patient safety is at risk

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