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During my final year as a student I gained an award for work completed in a Learning Disability setting as a result of a project I was part of with a team of two other colleagues. This increased my confidence and awareness of learning disabilities. I feel that this motivated me to seek to improve my knowledge and skills both personally and professionally and to seek to set high standards. A large part of my role is acting as an advocate for people with learning disabilities. This year I have embarked on further study in order to finish a degree in Learning Disabilities. The modules I have chosen have helped me increase my knowledge and encouraged me to work with educating other staff on what I have learned. I have had the opportunity to be involved in a journal club which has helped me in focusing my efforts in finding evidence supporting best practice initiatives. In the future I hope to focus my experience, knowledge and skills in one particular area or specialty. I feel that my initial experience as a staff nurse has been an excellent basis for my future career. In the future I can see that I will need to develop my knowledge and skills both personally and professionally throughout my career.
Anyone who is considering moving in to the field of Learning Disability needs to have an understanding that it is very different to general nursing. A basic knowledge of learning disabilities and previous experience with this client group would be beneficial. When working within this field the individual would need to be aware that aspects of care delivery can be very time consuming and require patience and understanding to achieve a gradual success in any area of learning for the client. This job is very rewarding and I get a great deal of enjoyment and personal fulfilment from my job. Like any job it can be demanding at times but the positive aspects outweigh the negative aspects
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