Patricia Griffin Patricia Griffin Learning disability nursing One of my key areas of interest is the progression of learning disability nursing students to become competent practitioners. I also enjoy working with mentors, ensuring they have the right skills and approaches to be able to adequately support the students, but competently assess them. I chose to become a part of learning disability nursing academia because it was a natural step on from community nursing. That was my passion, I loved community nursing when I qualified, and I also love teaching. Some of our students overcome great challenges whilst they’re on the programme, and watching them walk across the stage at graduation and go on to work in really exciting roles is definitely a highlight in my career. When you graduate from Kingston and St George’s, career options are vast. You could be working in a forensic learning disability team, you could become a nurse consultant, and we’ve had students who have gone on to work as school nurses, learning disability nurses, working in palliative care, and much more. Many go on to work in leadership positions and really influence the direction of learning disability nursing in the UK.