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Nurses need more exposure to children with learning disabilities

Nurses interviewed about caring for children with learning disabilities in acute settings stressed the need to be adaptable and flexible
Picture shows a woman and a boy sitting on a hospital bed, reading a book together. Nurses interviewed about caring for children with learning disabilities in acute settings stressed the need to be adaptable and flexible

Nurses interviewed about caring for children with learning disabilities in acute settings stressed the need to be adaptable and flexible

Emulating the development of learning disability liaison nurse roles used in the UK is one of the suggestions of an Australian study looking at improving care.

The researchers also stress the need during professional training for greater exposure to caring for children and young people with learning disabilities.

In-depth interviews were conducted with nurses to examine experiences of supporting children with learning disabilities on an acute paediatric ward.

Benefits of developing positive relationships with families

The nurses reflected on similarities and differences

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