Special needs nurse

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    This is my favorite spot on this site. I too am a specail needs peds nurse. I have done this for 9 years now and cannot think of anything better. Over the years I have worked in homes helping care for these children. I have seen them come so far with simple tasks and find this the greatest reward ever. After losing my first peds pt that I was with for 5 years I decided to get my RN so that I can expand my role as a nurse in this feild. I do feel I have 1 of the greatest jobs in the world and would never second guess my decision.

    I did see that someone posted a seminar in Texas for next year. I would love to go, so if anyone has any info please pass it on to me.

    Sandy:hatparty:
    "To the world I may be but 1 person, but to 1 person I may be the world" unknown

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    Quote from depedsnurse
    This is my favorite spot on this site. I too am a specail needs peds nurse. I have done this for 9 years now and cannot think of anything better. Over the years I have worked in homes helping care for these children. I have seen them come so far with simple tasks and find this the greatest reward ever. After losing my first peds pt that I was with for 5 years I decided to get my RN so that I can expand my role as a nurse in this feild. I do feel I have 1 of the greatest jobs in the world and would never second guess my decision.

    I did see that someone posted a seminar in Texas for next year. I would love to go, so if anyone has any info please pass it on to me.

    Sandy:hatparty:
    "To the world I may be but 1 person, but to 1 person I may be the world" unknown
    Hi, My name is Michelle. I am currently enrolled in a nursing program and I am considering specializing in developmental nursing. Is that what you do? Would you mind telling me a little about it? Thank you-
    Michelle-
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    Quote from shell54m
    Hi, My name is Michelle. I am currently enrolled in a nursing program and I am considering specializing in developmental nursing. Is that what you do? Would you mind telling me a little about it? Thank you-
    Michelle-
    Hi Michelle,
    I am currently employed by 2 nursing agencies. Both of them deal with special needs children, a majity of them are trach and vent dependent. My main shift is with 1 child, in their home. I am responsible for any care that they need:trach care, gtube care, medications and other treatments that is prescribed. Being in the home you work closely with other nurses on the case, the Drs (several specialties), and the family. I hope this helps and if you have more questions just send me back a message. I can even give you more personalized info depending on your degree. Its been a great choice for me.
    Sandy
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    hi..I have been doing both homecare and working as a classroom nurse for many years...depedsnurse, getting my RN was a great help..many more opportunities to care for those fantastic kids...Michelle, see if you can do any practicums with special needs kids..it will convince you either way! best of luck to both of you!!
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    Quote from depedsnurse
    Hi Michelle,
    I am currently employed by 2 nursing agencies. Both of them deal with special needs children, a majity of them are trach and vent dependent. My main shift is with 1 child, in their home. I am responsible for any care that they need:trach care, gtube care, medications and other treatments that is prescribed. Being in the home you work closely with other nurses on the case, the Drs (several specialties), and the family. I hope this helps and if you have more questions just send me back a message. I can even give you more personalized info depending on your degree. Its been a great choice for me.
    Sandy
    Hello I am also a nursing student and a parent of a special needs child. I am wondering what credentials do you need to become a nurse for special need children?
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    Dear Savvy..You already have one of the best qualifications...the love of these childre n, and the understanding that they are children first!!! my best advice is to gather all of the knowledge and expeience`you can , and then praoctice! W orking in homecare or a faiclity or a school will expose you to all kinds of people with different issues, and just research those issues one at a time! I worked as an LPN, now as an RN (AD) and am currently studying for my BSN. the more education I get, the more i love it!! I also subcribe to magazines and journals...Exceptional Parent is a great help, along with the standard nursing journals..best of luck to you!!m
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    Hi! I'm in my final year of nuring school and desperatly want to be a special needs nurse/work with special needs kids. Where can I go to find an agency thats reliable?
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    If you're looking for work with kids and families but not necessarily private duty or school nursing, Early Intervention is worth a try. I had to resign in 2005 due to illness, but EI was my "dream job" and I could easily have stayed there until retirement! My duties included day care development screening, intakes, multidisciplinary developmental assessments, service coordination, monitoring visits, transition to the public schools, and lots more. My favorite part about EI: once I'm in someone's home, for the next 60 to 90 minutes I don't have to think about anything or anyone but this child and their family! Amazing.

    Here are a few resources with more info (regulations differ a bit from state to state)

    http://nichcy.org/babies/effectivepractices
    www.earlyintervention.org
    http://www.firstsigns.org/treatment/EI.htm
    http://www.cec.sped.org/am/template.cfm?section=Home The Council for Exceptional Children (offers competency program and accreditation to EI clinicians and ECE’s)

    Good Luck!
    MM
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    Hey!

    I love to work with special need individuals!! I just graduated highschool I am attending a community college, I was going to be an EC teacher but do not really know if I want to do that. When I told people that I did not want to they were kind of disappointed because they said I have a gift working with them. So then I saw where there are "special needs nurse". Never heard of this before can you go more into detail for me this may be something that I am interested in.


    Thanks.
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    Hi! There is a certification program available from the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association: http://ddna.org/ However, I personally don't know any nurses who work 1:1 in homes and schools who have this certification. (I've met a few people with CDDN who supervise local group homes, but that's it.)

    Each state Early Intervention program offers certification. Actually, here in MA all clinicians, regardless of specialty, are required to complete the certification within 5 years of their hire date if they work more than a certain number of hours per week. For info specific to your state, check here: http://www.ehow.com/how_2089376_beco...pecialist.html

    Good luck!


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