An international evaluation of networks and networking in learning disability nursing
Paul Horan Lecturer, Intellectual disability nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Michael Brown Lecturer/nurse consultant, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland, National Network of Learning Disability Nurses (NNLDN)
The findings of a study by Paul Horan and Michael Brown into how learning disability nurses use networks to further their practice shows its growing importance in improving care
This article presents the findings of a study of the networking activities of 665 learning disability and intellectual disability nurses in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Participants were emailed a descriptive survey questionnaire, which they completed online. Key findings from this study include an agreed definition of networking and evidence about professional networking activities within the profession.
Learning Disability Practice. 12, 8,32-37. doi: 10.7748/ldp2009.10.12.8.32.c7312