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Why train learning disability nurses to an advanced level if there are no jobs for them?

Advanced nurse practitioner training is a waste of public money if the skills cannot be put to use even during a recruitment crisis, argues this experienced learning disability nurse

Advanced nurse practitioner training is a waste of public money if the skills cannot be put to use even during a recruitment crisis, argues this experienced learning disability nurse

I read with interest the articles on the crisis in learning disability nursing in recruitment and retention covered by Learning Disability Practice. I felt compelled to explain my situation.

I qualified in 1996 as a learning disability nurse and worked the first few years at a hospital to gain ward-based experience. Two years later, I added a bachelor of science degree to my qualifications and shortly after joined the resettlement team, supervising the closure of the hospital site.

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