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Nursing student clicks on to social media internship

Nursing student clicks on to social media internship

A University of Wolverhampton student has secured an internship promoting the work of Learning Disability nurses on social media.

Liam Freeman is a BNurs (Hons) Learning Disability Nursing student and has been selected for the year-long internship with @WeLDNurses.

The Twitter account aims to connect Learning Disability Nurses, and Liam is one of only two students nationally to be selected for the internship.

Liam is the second University of Wolverhampton student to be chosen for this role, following in the footsteps of Ian Unitt who did it last year.

The 28-year-old will spend the next year conducting research for Twitter chats, sourcing current news and research related to learning disability nursing, writing blogs and representing @WeLDNurses online and at events. He will continue his studies within the Faculty of Education, Health and Wellbeing at the Walsall Campus alongside the internship.

Liam, from Smethwick, said: “I felt quite surprised when I got picked to become intern for @WeLDnurses, but really excited to be a part of team that helps to raise the Learning Disability profile and also helps students and nurses. My mentor is teaching me about the preparation that goes into the fortnightly chat we do, and I’ll also reply to messages and mentions on the feed.

“I just want to spread the word of how important it is being a Learning Disability nurse and how they can promote service users’ independence and empower their lives.”  

Liam also took part in a 10km hike up Snowdon to raise funds for the Cavell Nurses’ Trust, which supports UK nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants when they’re experiencing personal or financial hardship. To sponsor him, visit:

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Date Issued: Thursday,17 October 2019

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