I am brand new to this website, although I have accessed it often. I am a new grad (BSN). I have a prior degree in Public Health Science and a minor in Early Intervention. I worked for one year as an EI and came across many families with autistic children. These cases were always the hardest for me, as I did not know what to do for the families. That is part of the reason I became a nurse instead.
I would really like to go back to school to become a NP with a specialization in something related to autism. I have always known I wanted to work with special needs children, but I didn't know exactly in what way....
If has finally hit me!!!! I really want to research and provide care for families and children affect by autism, anywhere on the spectrum. Especially in the city I am from, I am not finding ANY true autism specialists. We have an autism division of our DDSNB, but they are overrun with families simply seeking an answer to WHAT is wrong with their children.
As a new nurse, with limited experience, and the economic downturn of society. I am seeking help as to how I can get more involved in autism research and care. I feel like the only want to really learn about these vastly different cases is to become involved with the families in some way.
I will move anywhere I need to, attend school again (I want to anyway), and truly want to devote my life to finding an acceptable solution for at least some families. I would eventually like to bring my research into practice back in South Carolina, where I live now. Does anyone know of any locations where I can get involved with these types of families and possibly start helping with research. Development Peds I know is where I need to be... I am just looking to get more involved.
Congratulations on your carrer goals!
I share your passion for helping families with autism. I am a nurse with about 7 years L/D experience but my passion turned to autism when my son was diagnosed. It is a difficult journey that families experience as you said. I decided to pursue my passion by way of an advanced practice degree as a pediatric nurse practitioner. When I started at my first clinical site, I shared this with the providers and the owner of the practice called around and arranged a clinical experience for my with a Developmental Specialist this summer (start next month!). I live in Central Florida and am also aware of the lack of Autism Specialists. It seems that you must be in a larger city to find such providers. I will be working with one in Orlando this summer, I think that my current preceptor knew of 2 in the area. More resources are becoming available, finally.
Just out of curiosity, is South Carolina lacking when it comes to autism services? I had considered moving there.
Also, there is a conference in Hilton Head, SC next month offered through Hackensack University with 3 days focused on Developmental Issues and Autism which is geared toward pediatric providers.
Good luck, and thank you for caring enough to want to help those so desperately in need of understanding.
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