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Picture shows a medic standing next to a car conducting a COVID-19 test at a temporary testing centre at Watford General Hospital

COVID-19 undiagnosed in many nurses, study suggests

Mild cases were missed before loss of taste or smell was added to coronavirus symptoms

Menopause in the workplace

Lack of support for staff during menopause affects work and career, survey reveals

Menopause affects 90% of women doctors’ working lives according to a BMA survey

NEWS 2 score

COVID-19: reliance on early warning scores may have caused delays in care

A lack of specialist staff led to an over-reliance on the NEWS2 score, report says

Disinfecting surfaces at the Covid-19 recovery ward at Mater Hospital, Belfast

COVID-19: Northern Ireland rewards final-year students for working during pandemic

Health minister extends band 4 pay until their nursing studies end in September

Lupus

Nurse contributors wanted for project showing skin conditions in BAME children

Skin Deep aims to improve the range of images available of dermatological conditions

Photograph of patient with Covid toe

Nurses should look out for ‘COVID toe’ in patients

The COVID-19 symptom can look like chilblains, nurse consultant says

Evidence and Practice

Barriers to and complexities of supporting paid work for adults with learning disabilities

Barriers to and complexities of supporting paid work for adults with learning...

Why you should read this article: • To recognise the importance of paid employment as part...

How special interest groups can support safe sexual well-being in adults with learning disabilities

Safe sexual well-being in adults with learning disabilities

How special interest groups can support safe sexual well-being

Using the technique of mindfulness in people with learning disabilities

Using the technique of mindfulness in people with learning disabilities

Nurses have a key role in ensuring service users can access mindfulness-based interventions

Challenges experienced by paid carers providing palliative care to adults with intellectual disabilities

Challenges in providing palliative care to adults with intellectual disabilities

A literature review exploring challenges for paid carers providing palliative care

Picture shows the face on an infant

Syndromes: Aicardi syndrome

A rare neurodeveopmental disorder first identified in the mid-1960s

Supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health issues: service users’ experiences

Supporting people with learning disabilities and mental health issues: service users’...

Why you should read this article: • To understand how a person with learning disabilities...

Features

All you need to know about NMC fitness to practise cases

Fitness to practise cases are central to the NMC’s regulation of nursing standards

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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

Opinion

Young child with learning disabilities being guided by her parent to use virtual technology

Post COVID-19: what will be the ‘new normal’ for learning disability nurses?

Virtual consultations need to be conducted with the same care and dignity as face to face

Ethan Saylor

Planet Rachael: we must unite to protect the lives of people with learning disabilities

Black Lives Matter has shown how powerful a social movement for change can be

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Picture of COVID-19 notice on a glass door. In the background clinical staff wearing personal protective equipment look after a patient in an intensive care unit.

Injustice on the COVID-19 front line

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

Students

Illustration of a stick man on some pens and paper. Dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder which affects the way you memorise, process and organise information. Picture: iStock

When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers

We need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty

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

Careers

Dementia awareness and diagnosis: looking beyond the learning disability

How an Admiral nurse aims to empower individuals and help nurses identify early age dementia

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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

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