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Illustration of NHS staff standing round giant NHS letters with UK and EU flag colours on it. Picture: Daniel Mitchell

Nurses from outside UK tell of negative workplace experiences since Brexit referendum

Foreign staff say prejudice and barriers to career progression might force them out of NHS

Patient Janet Adams on the ward with her husband Arthur and daughter and son-in law on their wedding day

Nurse brings wedding day to the ward for mother of the bride

Patient Janet Adams was too unwell to attend ceremony, but didn’t miss out on the occasion

Board game aims to stimulate nurses to identify and discuss domestic violence and abuse

The board game that helps you identify domestic violence and abuse

Nurse lecturer’s learning tool aims to get healthcare staff talking about how they can help

Nurses meeting to discuss and reflect following a difficult situation

Helping nurses to ‘defuse’ after difficult situations

The RCN has issued guidance on how to discuss and reflect on challenging incidents at work

Illustration of a door allowing access to the UK, with a world map in the background

Proposed £36,000 salary threshold for migrants ‘should not apply to nurses’

Think tank’s suggested minimum salary threshold sparks nurse recruitment concerns

Young women smile as they huddle to read their exam results

A-level results: number of students accepted on to nursing degrees up on 2018

Nursing degree applicants confirm their university places – or prepare for UCAS clearing

Evidence and Practice

Increasing the effectiveness of staff training in services for people with learning disabilities with behaviour that challenges

Staff training in services for people who have LDs with behaviour that challenges

An interactive and collaborative approach may be most effective

Development of epilepsy risk assessment guidance for carers and services

Development of epilepsy risk assessment guidance for carers and services

Nurses need to feel confident about supporting people with LD affected by epilepsy

Puberty

Puberty: challenges for adolescents on the autism spectrum

Nurses need an understanding of the root causes of problematic sexual behaviour

Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Management of indwelling urinary catheters for people with learning disabilities

Care should be person-centred, holistic and underpinned by current evidence-based practice

Syndromes: Sanfilippo syndrome

A look at this progressive and rare congenital lysosomal disorder

PEG

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding: clinical knowledge and skills for LD nurses

The knowledge and skills required to manage patients with a PEG tube safely and effectively

Features

Alice Waddington, Emily Hesketh and Eve Kavanagh

Ensuring everyone has a voice: a communication tool for non-verbal patients

RCNi Nurse Awards student winners spread the word about their Makaton language resource

Learning disabilities team transforms hospital experience and culture of care

Team has reduced hospital stays and introduced 'champions' network and training...

Don't forget about us, say parents of children with learning disabilities

Families explain how they feel there can be a lack of health and social care support

Paula McGowan

Oliver McGowan: mother wants compulsory LD training to be her son's legacy

Paula McGowan led campaign call at Positive Choices 2019 conference

Coach’s support helps hold down a job

A scheme gives coaching to people with a learning disability until they settle into a new job

Low House

Person-centred support for men with learning disabilities who have a forensic history

What it takes for a care home to gain outstanding status from the Care Quality Commission

Opinion

Learning disability Kirsty Colley attends 100 year celebrations at the House of Commons

Celebrating 100 years of learning disability nursing at the House of Commons

Nurse Kirsty Colley reflects on her day at the centenary event

Learning Disability Nursing category winners of the 2019 RCNi Nurse Awards

Learning disability nurse shortages: Now is the time to act on the evidence

RCNi Nurse Awards show the great work done by LD nurses, but staff shortages are critical

Transition from child to adult care for someone with severe learning disabilities

Learning disability nurses should appreciate the hurdles some parents have to negotiate

Students

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to...

de-escalation

Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved...

meds killiard

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...

Careers

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

Penelope Clark

‘Taking on a lone position has been a challenge. I love it’

Award-winning Penelope Clark moved her family 800 miles to take up a post as the only...

Sabine Schwaebisch

It’s a real privilege to support a family at the end of their child’s life

Sabine Schwaebisch on her role as as a band 6 care team nurse in palliative care at Helen...

Jobs