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Clinical placements

What to do when words fail

Communication problems are not uncommon when people with complex needs are admitted to hospital, and one nursing student is creating a toolkit that will include tips from specialists and signposting to additional support

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Using positive reinforcement to manage violence and aggression

Reminding a service user with learning disabilities how much her behaviour had improved helped nursing student Bradley Squirrell successfully de-escalate a violent situation

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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 ‘as required’ medication for patients on a forensic learning disability ward, earning her a place as a finalist in the RCNi Nurse Awards.

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Stretching the boundaries of learning disability nursing

Despite popular opinion, learning disability nurses are needed in a range of care settings and should not limit their imagination when it comes to job searches, says Helen Laverty.

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