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Supporting the needs of neurodivergent nurses in the workforce

Adam Bernstein First published: Last updated:

Neurodiversity is through to affect around 15% of the population, with dyslexia making up two-thirds of that statistic (Penketh, 2018; ADHD Aware, 2022). Neurodiversity relates to hidden disabilities of the brain, such as dyslexia and dyscalculia, dyspraxia, attention deficit disorder and autism (Penketh, 2018). This umbrella term relates to the different ways a brain works and interprets information.

The Royal College of Nursing (2023a) suggested that there is estimated to be a greater prevalence of neurodiversity among healthcare staff, pointing towards a need for workplaces across healthcare to make adjustments to enable neurodivergent staff to be supported when carrying out their nursing responsibilities.

Neurodiversity in the workplace

The Royal College of Nursing (2023a) noted that neurodivergence includes several neurodevelopmental conditions, and some people may have more than one condition. Many neurodivergent conditions are part of a spectrum, so people can have varied experiences and difficulties, and therefore different needs.


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