Hi all, this is actually my first official post on allnurses. I have been reading here for days!! I have been working in a group home for the past 10 1/2 years for people with dev. disabilities in different positions within the residential program of one local agency. This experience was a big part of the reason why I decided to become a nurse. It was the next logical step for me with the amount of experience I have with the population. I was lucky enough to earn a scholarship through my job and am guaranteed a job with a two year obligation after I graduate.
The DD population is a challenging yet fullfilling aspect of nursing. I hope it's a field that more nurses will look at and consider when looking for a specialty area to go into. It's a very rewarding field to be in with people that can be truly appreciative and fun to be around.
Just my 2 cents!