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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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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

As a learning disability nurse, you will be equipped with the same powerful toolkit as your colleagues in adult, child and mental health: the difference is where you have chosen to use it.

You can take your skillset anywhere, but your fundamental role is to represent people with a learning disability (LD) to services, and then ‘re-present’ them to help members of the public and health professionals develop positive attitudes towards people with an LD.

The same goes for representing and re-presenting services to people with an LD. It’s not about re-packaging; it’s about

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