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nurse protests outside the gates to Downing Street about pay and PPE

Nurses take pay and PPE protest to Downing Street

Demonstrators demand respirator masks for all nurses during pandemic and a 10% pay rise

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Picture shows a still from the music video made to cheer up learning disability nursing students amid the pandemic

COVID-19: music video aims to raise morale of learning disability nursing students

Lecturers, people with learning disabilities and famous faces got together to make the video

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Revealed: the extent of the mortality risk BAME nurses face from coronavirus

PHE report lays bare the statistics behind COVID-19 deaths of nursing and other health staff

Dogs provide pet therapy students

Stress-busting dogs help nursing students cope with their courses

Canine teaching assistants are available for drop-in pet therapy sessions

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Overtime pay during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: nurses ‘should receive overtime payments for pandemic work’

Unions call for employers to act, after government says overtime pay can be decided locally

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Picture of the entrance to the Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum struggling to avoid permanent closure

Online auction among fundraising efforts to save museum as COVID-19 keeps visitors away

Evidence and Practice

Using assistive technology to encourage independence and well-being in people with complex physical impairments

Using assistive technology to encourage independence and well-being in people with...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your understanding of the functional needs of...

Reflections on writing journal articles

Reflections on writing journal articles

Why you should read this article: • To understand the importance of writing for publication...

Health Equalities Framework: the effect of moving from a care home to other settings on determinants of health inequalities

Health Equalities Framework: the effect of moving from a care home to other settings on...

Why you should read this article: • To understand the disparity in health between people...

Factors influencing the self-esteem of children with a severe or profound learning disability: a pilot study

Factors influencing the self-esteem of children with a severe or profound learning...

Why you should read this article: • To enhance your awareness of the effects of stigma on...

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to discuss death and bereavement

Supporting people with intellectual disabilities to discuss death and bereavement

This article describes a public engagement project on bereavement

Features

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A collage showing the nurses, healthcare assistants and other nursing professionals from across the UK who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19: remembering the nursing staff who have lost their lives

Colleagues and families pay tribute to nursing professionals who have died across the UK

Image of two human figures, one on huge book titled Liberty Protection Safeguards, against backdrop of scales of justice. Article explains how new Liberty Protection Safeguards for people lacking mental capacity could affect learning disability nurses.

What learning disability nurses need to know about Liberty Protection Safeguards

Be prepared for the new legislation covering people lacking mental capacity

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Advanced care planning

COVID-19: how nurses can facilitate advance care planning

Conversations about end of life care are important for the patient and those close to them

Picture shows TV presenter Carrie Grant with her family (L-R): Talia, Imogen, Carrie, Nathan, David, Olive. She wants better autism training and awareness, and says nurses can help through ‘collaboration, community and curiosity’

Hollyoaks' staff have more training in autism awareness than some health...

TV star Carrie Grant says nurses can help through ‘collaboration, community and curiosity’

Picture shows a couple with learning disabilities smiling at the camera. Dating agencies for people with learning disabilities aim to help them find not only romance but also friendships that can reduce social isolation.

Dating agencies: a chance to find romance for people with learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses might be asked to help a service user looking for love and companionship to apply to a dating agency

PBS Festival 2019 encourages positive approach to behaviour that challenges

Event attracted practitioners and people with learning disabilities and their families

Opinion

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Injustice on the COVID-19 front line

The pandemic highlights unfair attitudes towards people with learning disabilities and autism

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Image of a young woman looking out of the window while in isolation

Planet Rachael: what’s new about our COVID-19 world?

Wendy Johnson observes that being in isolation is all too familiar to a neuroatypical person

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Students

Could student changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic signal a permanent change?

Final-placement nursing students could permanently become a full part of the workforce

Students

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

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A fresh take on medicines management for patients with a learning disability

Mental health nursing student Kirsty Killiard implemented a system for monitoring the use of ‘as required’ medication for patients on a forensic learning disability ward, earning her a place as a finalist in the RCNi Nurse Awards.

Careers

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team of nurses sitting talking, showing importance of debriefing

Fear and anxiety can infect teams, but you can harness this crisis to come out stronger

COVID-19 is putting nurses under extreme pressure, so here’s how to help colleagues cope

Lauren Johnston

How I make the emergency department less daunting for people with learning disabilities

Lauren Johnston describes her work in a pioneering nursing role

We saw first-hand how learning disability nurses helped our son

After witnessing their son’s care, a couple have decided to become learning disability nurses

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