Intellectual Disability Nursing: An Oral History Project
ISBN: 1839821558
EAN13: 9781839821554
Language: English
Pages: 204
Dimensions: 1.00" H x 8.00" L x 5.00" W
Weight: 1.00 lbs.
Format: Paperback

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This book presents oral histories of 31 long-serving intellectual disability nurses' and seeks to understand their experiences of, and motives for working for so long in this field of nursing practice. The recordings now form a unique collection in the Royal College of Nursing's archives, and puts into perspective the nursing workforce challenges faced by intellectual disability nursing in both jurisdictions. This unique monograph, based on original research, uses the oral history approach to explore the careers of 31 intellectual disability nurses from England and the Republic of Ireland. With the almost complete closure of intellectual disability hospitals in both jurisdictions, and the associated move from congregated to smaller living configurations, few practising intellectual disability nurses have experience, or knowledge, of the old ' long stay ' institutions. Their stories are testament, amongst other things, to a strong ' sense of justice... doing the right thing and making a difference '. Some reported a ' very early interest in working with people with intellectual disabilities '. And at ' journey's end ' sadly, almost universally, they reported a sense of being ' undervalued '. Their narratives articulate the enormous health and social care change which they have witnessed over three decades or more. But above all else they give voice to their commitment, dedication, and kindness to a vulnerable, and often marginalised people, those with intellectual disabilities, and as such it gives voice to these otherwise ' Untold Stories '.

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