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Videos celebrate neurodiverse nurses

Nurses and nursing students with dyslexia and dyspraxia make a valuable contribution to care, says Kerry Pace.
Hannah from one of the videos celebrating neurodiverse nurses

Nurses and nursing students with dyslexia and dyspraxia make a valuable contribution to care, says Kerry Pace

Students and practitioners who are ‘neurodiverse’ – which encompasses people who are dyslexic and dyspraxic – make a positive contribution to patient care that should be celebrated.

The term is used in the RCN’s Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Dyscalculia – a guide for managers and practitioners , which helps to reframe dyslexia and dyspraxia from a deficit model (which perpetuates unfounded fears, such as dyslexic nurses being unsafe with medication) to an inclusive approach.

At least 10% of the population has a neurodiverse profile, and this figure is higher in healthcare. Great nurses that you know are neurodiverse, even if they have not disclosed it to you.

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