I was encouraged to train as a qualified learning disability nurse and now I am at university. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of a new generation of learning disability nurses. Living, working and studying in beautiful Sussex is an added bonus!
I still remember my first two weeks here. I can’t believe how much my confidence has grown, thanks to the support of my manager and my team. Communication at every level is excellent. We reflect together and learn how to support and encourage each other. I am lucky to be part of such a compassionate and progressive team.
The work we do is challenging and rewarding, but we always remember that the challenges for our clients are greater. Small steps can make a huge difference, like taking someone out who hasn’t been able to do so for many months or when families tell us about how we have made a difference to their relative’s life. When someone says “thank you for a nice day” it is wonderful to see that they themselves can recognise that they have enjoyed it. I’ve been passionate about the work we do since day one.
Daily life for a person with a learning disability can be like climbing a mountain. Going to hospital is a nerve-wracking experience and often completely unmanageable for them. In some cases their home life has completely broken down. That’s where we come in. We don’t just take care of their needs, we empower their independence by teaching them how to cope with the challenges of everyday life.