Current and future roles of intellectual disability nurses

Mafuba, Kay ORCID:, Chapman, Hazel, Chester, Rebecca, Kiernan, Joann, Kupara, Dorothy and Kudita, Chiedza (2023) Current and future roles of intellectual disability nurses. In: Learning and Intellectual Disability Nursing Practice 2nd Edition. Routledge, Taylor and Francis, Abington, UK, pp. 342-368. ISBN 9781032282763

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Within the arena of an ever-changing context of health and social care that is dictated by political imperatives at policy level, both nationally and internationally, and with the ever-growing move toward citizenship, and the importance of human rights, intellectual disability nursing needs to place itself carefully—within the family of nursing and within a complex landscape of human service organisations, as well as the wider community of intellectual disabilities.
This chapter briefly reflects on the past but most importantly looks at the present and to the future of the modern intellectual disability nurse practitioner. It discusses issues affecting intellectual disability nursing, such as changing professional requirements, policy directions such as: Strengthening the Commitment (Scottish Government, 2012), and ever-growing opportunities for intellectual disability nurses to assert themselves in a widening practice arena.
Therefore, this chapter, focuses on the knowledge and practical skills that intellectual disability nurses will need to meet the needs of people with intellectual disabilities now and in the future, and this will be contextualised within the Nursing and Midwifery Council for the United Kingdom’s Future nurse standards (NMC, 2018) and Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (2016) standards and requirements for competence. The future of intellectual disability nursing is discussed in the context of policy directions, emerging roles, and intellectual disability nurses’ clinical and other expertise, and their ability as individuals and as a profession to adapt, and work effectively in multidisciplinary and interagency settings. In this chapter we present a wide range of research evidence that demonstrates the unique contributions of intellectual disability nurses.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Medicine and health > Nursing > Learning disabilities nursing
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Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2023 11:40
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