Discuss the role and responsibilities of the nurse in the nursing home’s dementia unit and compare and contrast it to the similar role of the nurse described in the literature, in your own words.
With the increasing drive to keep people with dementia in their own home for longer, I would argue that the role of the specialist nurse is vital in these organisations, to support the organisation, the person and their family.
Becoming a specialist dementia nurse requires additional post-registration training in the condition. The nurse should also, ideally, have at least two years practice experience in dementia care. Usually, people working as a specialist dementia nurse will also hold a registered mental health nursing qualification. Most NHS specialist nursing roles will also demand degree level qualifications, as well as expecting the nurse to be working towards a Masters in their specialism.
Strong assessment skills
In addition to having an excellent understanding of the pathologies involved in dementia, one of the most important requirements for the role is a high level of assessment skills, not just of paper-based tests, but in observation of the patient and the surroundings in which they live