Home | Professional Career profile: learning disabilities nurse Written by: Mandy Williams, community learning disabilities nurse, Wrexham | Published: 15 September 2014 Mandy Williams is community learning disabilities nurse Why did you become a nurse? I decided at a very young age that I wanted to become a nurse. I am not certain whether it was from watching hospital programmes on the television or just wanting to help people. How has your career developed since you started nursing? I qualified in 1981 as a state-enrolled nurse and worked on orthopaedic wards. An opportunity came up in 1986 to move to orthopaedic out-patients. This worked really well as I was pregnant with my first child. In 1999, I completed the conversion course and became a staff nurse. This gave me the opportunity to broaden my nursing experience. I applied for a job in learning disability short-term care and got the post in 2000. I then got an opportunity to move across to the community learning disability (LD) team and started the initiative for LD screenings at GP practices. I was seconded to dental services two days a week to ensure service users had equitable access to community dPlease login or register to read the rest of the article and to have access to downloads and comments. What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright. See Terms and Conditions.