Part of Quay Books' successful "Survival Guide Series", this outlines the responsibilities of the learning disability nurse and provides practical advice on handling situations that arise in practice. Chapters cover all major aspects of the role, including common syndromes and disorders, professional and legal responsibilities, physical and mental health issues, long-term conditions, complex and challenging behaviours, leadership and management, and dealing with emergencies. Written by experts in the field, this unique book provides a clear introduction to the basic principles and skills required by learning disability nurses, and offers contextual advice and guidance for managing common and unexpected situations. Information is presented in a user-friendly question and answer format, and this book can be used as an aide memoire in practice settings.
David Dalby is a Senior Lecturer and Academic Lead for Learning Disability Nursing at DeMontfort University. He has published articles on learning disability nursing in Nursing Times, Research in Nursing and Learning Disability Practice. Chris Knifton is a Senior Lecturer in Dementia, Learning Disability and Mental Health at DeMontfort University. He also works as Dementia School Lead and School Nursing Skills Facilitator. He has contributed to previous Quay Books' publications, including Fundamental Aspects of Long-Term Conditions and Forensic Mental Health Nursing: Ethics, Debates, Dilemmas.
Introduction Common syndromes and disorders in learning disability Professional and legal responsibilities Mental health Physical health Long-term conditions Complex and challenging behaviours Management dilemmas and mentoring learners Dealing with emergencies