Learning disability nurse education:An opportunity to contribute to shaping the future?
AbstractEditorial Learning disability nurse education An opportunity to contribute to shaping the future? SAGE Publications, Inc. 200910.1177/1744629509349637 © The Author(s), The Author(s) OwenBarr Journal of Intellectual Disabilities University of Ulster This journal seeks to be an interdisciplinary journal and once again within this issue a variety of papers that encompass a range of professions and countries are included. However, rather than using the editorial to outline the papers, in this issue I wanted to take the opportunity of this editorial to ask readers to pause and re ect on the role of Registered Nurse for people with learning disability (the term used by the Nursing and Midwifery Council within the United Kingdom). Why, you may ask, am I placing such a request to readers, nurses and non-nurses alike? The answer is because once again there is a growing discussion about the standards for the education preparation and by impli- cation the role of Registered Nurses for people with learning disability (RNLD). Now before anyone exclaims, ‘not again’ and moves to the rst article in this issue of the journal, please suspend judgement for a moment. I believe that the ongoing discussions about nurse education on this occasion bring