• To enhance your understanding of the networking role of the registered nurse in intellectual disability
• To familiarise yourself with the requirements of the networking role during the COVID-19 pandemic
• To learn more about how to access services for clients with a learning disability during COVID-19
The role of the registered nurse in intellectual disability (RNID) includes networking, which is an important aspect of supporting people with an intellectual disability with their health and social care needs. Networking involves RNIDs communicating with various people in intellectual disability services, mainstream health services and local communities. The advent of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) resulted in RNIDs having to use their networking competences to support clients and their families, particularly in accessing the services they needed to maintain their health during the pandemic.
This article examines this networking role and discusses the developments required for RNIDs to support people with an intellectual disability effectively during a pandemic. The article also calls for further research and clarification of the networking aspect of the RNID role. This will provide knowledge that can underpin intellectual disability nursing education and practice.
Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2021.e2154Peer review
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Hartnett E, McNamara M (2021) COVID-19: intellectual disability nurses and the role of networking during a pandemic. Learning Disability Practice. doi: 10.7748/ldp.2021.e2154
Published online: 08 July 2021
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