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I fell into  learning disability nursing  after growing up in a school with a unit for hearing impaired children, loving my college placement in an autistic nursery and gaining a job as a HCA working with children with severe to profound learning disabilities and physical health needs. After this early year experience nursing in the learning disability field was a natural progression. Along my nursing path, I have had many roles, all mainly in the community including managing a Community...

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Friends and family often ask what do you do as a learning disability nurse? This is always a difficult question to answer as the role is so varied and each day is so different. In essence, I see that my role as a learning disability nurse is to raise awareness of the needs of people with learning disabilities to ensure that they have equal access to healthcare.  Other nurses will often say that they always knew that they wanted to be a nurse; however I had never considered this...

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You move throughout your youth developing and planning what you want to be when you are old enough to be independent, your own person. Aspiring to be a Learning Disability Nurse was never within my thoughts: no information offered at careers events; I had never met or known a Learning Disability Nurse; and I mistakenly believed that nurses wore uniforms and worked in hospitals. This belief was formed though watching Children’s Ward and Casualty none of which inspired me to work in health...

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Jemma Sharples

London, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 16, 2018

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