Day in the Life : Community Learning Disability Nurse
Have you ever wanted to pass your knowledge of healthcare or nursing onto others? Do you have a desire to help the healthcare and nursing industries improve and grow? We spoke to a Community Learning Disability Nurse who helps to train and support the future generation of disability nurses.
Can you sum up your main responsibilities?
I am a Community Learning Disability Nurse supporting and empowering people to live more independently. I also support and mentor student nurses and support workers training for NVQ Qualifications.
Did you require further education to get your current position?
Yes, I took a NVQ Assessors course. I undertook a diploma in Professional Studies of Nursing a few years ago in order to keep up to date with changing curriculums for nursing students. Both of these additional courses supplement my qualification as a learning disabilities nurse.
What are your working hours like?
I work Monday to Friday 9am until 5pm. Sometimes if required I do have to work additional hours.
What are the pluses and minuses of working as an NVQ Assessor?
I take pride in watching my pupils succeed and grow – knowing that I have helped them on their journey towards their desired career.
Being an NVQ assessor is an addition to my normal employment as a Learning Disabilities Nurse. The extra hours that I put in mean I have less free time, but it’s a choice that I made and wouldn’t change it.