A model to support nursing students with dyslexia
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Evidence & Practice    

A model to support nursing students with dyslexia

John Salkeld Senior lecturer practitioner, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Seconded from Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust.

Dyslexia is one of the most commonly declared disabilities in higher educational institutions in the UK. This article explores the effects of specific learning difficulties, in particular dyslexia, on pre-registration nursing students on practice placements in clinical environments. The author proposes use of the OPEL model, which provides a simple, structured framework for supporting nursing students with specific learning difficulties in practice placements. This model could be applied to clinical situations where constructive support is necessary to enable the student to achieve the standards and requirements set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Nursing Standard. doi: 10.7748/ns.2016.e10266



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Received: 19 August 2015

Accepted: 21 January 2016

Published online: 08 July 2016

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