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I don't know whether to stick to wanting to do adult nursing at uni or learning disability nursing. I've heard that learning disability isn't very clinical, is this true?? That was one thing that put me off, since I do like the clinical side, I'd also like to hear your thoughts, what would you recommend adult nursing/learning disability nursing?? What settings would you work in as a learning disability nurse, I know as an adult nurse placements are usually at hospitals. Let me know what you think please
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I don't know whether to stick to wanting to do adult nursing at uni or learning disability nursing. I've heard that learning disability isn't very clinical, is this true?? That was one thing that put me off, since I do like the clinical side, I'd also like to hear your thoughts, what would you recommend adult nursing/learning disability nursing?? What settings would you work in as a learning disability nurse, I know as an adult nurse placements are usually at hospitals. Let me know what you think please
Stick to adult nursing if you not sure what to do as better opportunities to specialized in it.

Plus nursing placements are not just hospital based ok, as you may have to do community base placements as well ( in GP surgeries etc - working with the district nurses or practice nurse ).
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Stick to adult nursing if you not sure what to do as better opportunities to specialized in it.

Plus nursing placements are not just hospital based ok, as you may have to do community base placements as well ( in GP surgeries etc - working with the district nurses or practice nurse ).
Do you know what settings a LD nurse would do there placements at? Say the first year I don't like LD nursing do you think unis will allow you to change for the second year?
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Do you know what settings a LD nurse would do there placements at? Say the first year I don't like LD nursing do you think unis will allow you to change for the second year?
You would need to ask your chosen university what there placements are based on as everyone will have a different placement agenda
But I think you will be based in the like of people homes, education, work places, prisons, residential and community centres etc.
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I'd say stick with adult nursing - more generalised and can go into learning difficulty further down the line should you choose to!
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I don't know whether to stick to wanting to do adult nursing at uni or learning disability nursing. I've heard that learning disability isn't very clinical, is this true?? That was one thing that put me off, since I do like the clinical side, I'd also like to hear your thoughts, what would you recommend adult nursing/learning disability nursing?? What settings would you work in as a learning disability nurse, I know as an adult nurse placements are usually at hospitals. Let me know what you think please
Hi Stud4

LD nursing tends to have a community focus but there's certainly the option to focus on the clinical side of things if this is your primary area of interest.

Different unis will offer different things but to give you an idea - Teesside's learning disability placement environments may include:

> People’s own homes
> Nursing and residential homes
> Schools and colleges
> Day service and occupation provisions
> Enhanced services
(forensic and prison services)
> Assessment and treatment units
> Children’s respite services
> Community settings
> Supported living services
> Hospital environments


Placements may cover:
> Child and adolescent mental health
> Challenging behaviour
> Community nursing
> Children’s inpatient or respite services
> Profound and multiple learning disability
> Specialist epilepsy nursing in
learning disability
> Transitions services
> Intensive support services
> Secure care
> Health promotion and facilitation
> Rehabilitation and step-down
> Liaison services

To enhance and complement learning, you can also take part in other nursing and non-nursing placements in:*
> Acute medical wards
> Paramedic settings
> Health visiting
> School nursing
> Service improvement
> Adult mental health
> Children’s mainstream mental health
> Mental health services for older people
> Children’s acute medicine
> Surgery and surgical wards
> Respiratory medicine
> Physiotherapy services
> Occupational therapy services
> Speech and language therapy services

* This option gives you the chance to focus on more clinical settings.

Obviously universities differ but send me a direct message with your email address if you'd like to have a look at a pdf version of Teesside's learning disability nursing brochure as it gives a great overview of the profession.

Hope this helps!

Laura x
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