Guidance for nurses treating patients with MND

The RCN has launched a new online resource to improve knowledge and provide support for nurses treating people living with Motor Neurone Disease.

The resource, which covers both clinical understanding of the condition and best practice in dealing with difficult ethical issues, has been produced by the RCN in partnership with the Motor Neurone Disease Association and with the involvement of expert nurses working in the field.

The term Motor Neurone Disease (MND) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) describes a group of related diseases affecting the motor nerves or neurones in the brain and spinal cord. Messages gradually stop reaching the muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

MND can affect how a person with the condition walks, talks, eats, drinks and breathes, but not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

This resource is designed to help nurses improve their understanding and provide better care for people with this complex and challenging disease.

We hope you find this of interest and helpful to you.

2 December 2016