‘Always listen to the vibe of your tribe’
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‘Always listen to the vibe of your tribe’

Professional lead for learning disability nursing at the University of Nottingham Helen Laverty organises the annual Positive Choices conference, which takes place in Dublin on 19-20 April

Why did you choose to become a learning disability nurse?

I was 14 and school had a curriculum change: no more compulsory religious education but everyone had to do ‘beliefs and values’, which included placement time. I was allocated every Wednesday for a term in a special school in 1975. Learning disabilities had not crossed my horizons at this point. I turned up full of trepidation but excited, and was allocated to a class of seven year olds – I was hooked. But I had one burning question: why did some kids have lovely socks and others have grey nylon ones?

Learning Disability Practice. 21, 2, 12-12. doi: 10.7748/ldp.21.2.12.s12

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