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COVID-19 and learning disabilities: reach out and connect

Clear communication on safeguards is vital for vulnerable people during the pandemic

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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Face masks: how nurses can overcome the communication barrier and reassure patients

Compulsory face coverings pose particular challenges when patients are deaf or have dementia

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Coping with the death of a colleague: advice and support for nurses

How to deal with bereavement at work and where to go for support

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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

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COVID-19: illustration showing how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

COVID-19: how the pandemic is reshaping social care nursing

Blurring organisational boundaries and how we share information are among the changes

Picture of a Cadbury Curly Wurly bar. Wendy Johnson says a long wait in an emergency department underlined the wisdom of telling people the true situation at the outset.

Planet Rachael: why the Curly Wurly theory could extend to managing ED expectations

A long wait in a hospital shows it’s wise to disclose the true situation at the outset

Picture of Niamh Donohoe with her son Jay. A setback on a day out with her son led her to inspire a local business to make changes that will help other children with disabilities.

Speak out and be a catalyst for change for children with learning disabilities

A mother inspired a company to make changes that will help children with disabilities

Happy LD nurses

Planet Rachael: could this be the year of the ‘lovely’ nurse?

Staff attitudes and behaviour fail to meet expectations but are easy to fix

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SAlly Kitchin and colleagues collecting the 2019 RCNi Commitment to Carers Award

Improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers – initiatives with impact

How Commitment to Carers award nominees have shared their work and inspired others

TROG, a test of language skills, aids communication with people who have a mild learning disability, helping to keep them engaged. Picture shows a TROG test in which a woman points at symbols on a board in response to questions.

Communication: one test that can keep people with mild learning disabilities engaged

A test of language skills has helped breakdown potential barriers for healthcare staff

Planet Rachael: schools need training to support pupils on the autistic spectrum

Ignorance could damage our children, says Wendy Johnson

Planet Rachael: Our changing world needs to be all-inclusive

People with learning disabilities should also benefit from digital advances

'I saw your behaviour as a form of communication'...

An experience with a violent patient taught Hazel Molyneux why forming a rapport is vital

Watford FC opens its arms to people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities can feel a sense of connection by going to football...

Learning a new role takes time

Overwhelmed in a new job, Sam Humphrey realises it’s okay to feel useless at first

What nurses should do when assessing sepsis risk in people with learning disabilities

Emergency nurses need to recognise the triggers for sepsis in deteriorating patients

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