My journey started from having worked in different settings with children and adults with learning disabilities throughout my working life. One of my roles as a family information practitioner meant that I had the privilege of supporting families with children who have learning disabilities, multiagency working with professionals from health and education to ensure they were signposted to the relevent services for support. Through my work I have built good relationships with families that I have worked with over long periods of time.
I was introduced to this field of nursing by a learning disability nurse who I met whilst working as a family information practitioner. More recently, working in a hospital environment created a passion to be a nurse. I was excited to know that becoming a learning disability nurse meant that I would just not only work with physical health needs but social and mental health needs too.
My journey to this career started with an Open Day at USW and an interview on the day however, I did not have the required qualifications and was advised to complete the 'Access to nursing' course. I am in my 40s, and an extra year of study did make me rethink my decision, could I afford it?. However, when I considered the outcome of becoming a learning disability nurse and the depth of knowledge and opportunities for me in the field, I decided to go for the challenge and give it my best. Two years after making that decision, I am at the end of the first week in university on the learning disability nursing degree programme, one of the most exciting times of my life as an adult student.
Sandy Saint (Student nurse at USW)
You can train to become a Learning Disability Nurse at University of South Wales, you can find more information on the USW website: https://www.southwales.ac.uk/courses/bachelor-of-nursing-honslearning-disabilities/
You can also contact Rachel Morgan - Specialist Lead for Learning Disability Nursing via email: