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I have over 30 years experience of working in the field of Learning Disability Nursing. I worked in a hospital setting for the first 17 years of my career which gave me a sound base of knowledge and skills from which to work. I found studying for a diploma in Community Learning Disability one of the most enjoyable and rewarding experiences in my nursing career. For the past 15 years I have worked as a community nurse providing support for children, adults and their families. I thoroughly enjoy the variety of community work and learned a lot from this experience. I found studying for a post-graduate certificate difficult as I was not in a management role at the stage at which I undertook the study. However, the knowledge and skills I gained from the course have been valuable to me in my present role.
It is a very enjoyable job and also challenging. You have to be prepared to give the job 110% to get the best out of your role. This is not a '9-5' job and it requires planning and commitment so you would need to be prepared for that. You will spend some of your personal time giving professional advice and writing references etc. for other people. You can be accessible to a lot of staff members and often find yourself pulled in a number of directions in any given working day. You need self-determination and commitment to enjoy and be successful in this role.
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