Passing the baton to the next generation of learning disability nurses

Thirty six years on and with change round every corner, what can the new cohort of nurses bring?

With 36 years of experience in learning disability nursing Mary Dearing has seen plenty of change, here she discusses why this time of year is so poignant for her

As a lecturer in learning disability nursing this is my favourite time of year,

It is a time when we celebrate with our year three students as they progress to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register and we welcome a new cohort of students, eager with anticipation as they take the first step into their careers as nurses.

Despite the recruitment crisis in nursing, we continue to attract cohorts of students determined to address the health inequalities experienced by people with learning disabilities.

Twilight years

This time of year also makes me reflect on why I began nursing, and this year is more poignant as I enter the


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