Welcome to the new Learning Disability Nursing forum - page 2

Per the request of one of the allnurses.com visitors, we created the Learning Disability forum. Enjoy! Please feel free to start posting your Learning Disability issues and questions. Thanks ... Read More

  1. by   cna on her way
    I am starting nursing this coming August and have been going through these sites quite frequently and tonight discovered this one! I have a son who is 8 1/2 years old and has a very rare chromosomal defect, ring chromosome 18. We found this at birth due to a severe hypospadious. He has undergone 12 surgeries to date and has a moderate mental disability. He is in a trainable level program at school and is doing wonderful. Blake is the sole insporation for me going back to school. I want to not only be able to help these chlidren but also help these parents see what a wonderful blessing they have in their lives. THese kids are so loving and so giving. They know no stranger and no hate. If we could only learn a little bit from them we would be so much more efficient!!!!
  2. by   Barbie28
    I was surprised to see this forum. It's wonderful and an answer to my problem. I think... I work at this time as an Education Specialist Assistant III in Special Education. I left nursing (LPN) after I lost my significant other in 2000, I wanted a break from nursing and I love working with children. At this time I work in a middle school, with students with all types of disabilities, including a student who I cath once per school day. We are facing major budget cuts within the next few months. So I am thinking about returning to nursing and reactivating my LPN license. My desire is to go back to school. I was wondering how to combine my love for special needs children, my love for painting (I'm an artist) and nursing. My new husband, I was August 9, 2002 at the age of 50 no less, is very supportive of my decisions. Plus my sons are growing up, my youngest is 16 and a Junior in high school. So, I feel it's time to concentrate on my career. Am I too "old" to return to nursing and can I combine my passions in anyway? :spin:
    Thanks for listening.
    Barb
  3. by   recnurse1
    Hi, Barb... just wanted to let you know that you are definitely not to old to return to school! I am 48 and I'm doing it! I also work in a Special Ed school, half of which is severely multihandicapped children{seizure disorders, gastric tube feedings, CP, etc.} and the other half of the students are learning disabled and social/behavior problem. I like it, but sometimes get overwhelmed, being the only nurse in the building most times! I work with an RN, but she has to cover 2 other buildings, so I'm on my own most of the time. I'm an LPN, but looking forward to being an RN someday!Then I hope to become certified as a school nurse. I'm sure you can find a position where you can use your talents!
  4. by   Rav_810
    This forum is great, in Australia there is not much focus on mental retardation nursing. I have worked in this field as an 'Assistant in Nursing' for nearly 3 years, i have enjoyed it. At times not the most glamorous of work, but i find it interesting. I think though you need to experience different types of reatard nursing, when you are stuck in one area for to long it can start to get you.
    This type of nursing in New South Wales, Australia has been moved out into the community away from large institutions.
  5. by   RRMLPN
    I am so happy i stumbled onto this! I have just left med/surg for a number of reasons and just got a call today about a postion in this field and was very curious about it. thank you all for enlightening me. I definitly want to follow up on the job now!!
  6. by   tattooednursie
    I think this is a good idea. A thread all about me!!! J/K!!!

    I think we should add lots of new forums. . . . such as . . . CNA forum, and touching nursing stories, venting only forum, and maybe an education board, where young folks, such as myself could ask questions, and learn from nurses. I hope that this was of some valuble advice.
  7. by   Gator,SN
    I think we should add lots of new forums. . . . such as . . . CNA forum, and touching nursing stories, venting only forum, and maybe an education board, where young folks, such as myself could ask questions, and learn from nurses. I hope that this was of some valuble advice.
    -*The CNA forum would not be ALLNURSES would they?
    -*Keep reading their are many touching stories on here.
    -*To vent, ON OCCASION ya go to the "off-topic" forum.
    -*And if you have questions go to the "students nurses" forum.

    Gator
  8. by   tattooednursie
    Originally posted by Gator,SN
    -*The CNA forum would not be ALLNURSES would they?
    -*Keep reading their are many touching stories on here.
    -*To vent, ON OCCASION ya go to the "off-topic" forum.
    -*And if you have questions go to the "students nurses" forum.

    Gator
    -* CNA's are part of nursing too
    -* I always get yelled at for venting
    -* Your right on that one!

    I'm sorry I'm just being a smarty pants!!!
  9. by   RRMLPN
    was hoping you would reply to that post lol... good for you girl.
  10. by   nrs-jlm
    This forum is wonderful!I am a new grad working on a renal unit,where I am very unhappy. My passion has always been to work with adults and children of special needs.I dread going to work everyday and I am considering a change! I've been trying to find a way to integrate learning disabilities with nursing but have been unsucessful. Everyone keeps telling me that I can: either be school nurse or end up going back to school for more training and more certification in child developement.There has got to be more out there!!!I am new to Northern California and really don't know where to start looking!help!
  11. by   dingofred
    WaaaaHoooo, this is just the ticket!! I work with an agency that supports the developmentally disabled adult population in their communities. I am also a certified developmental disabilities RN.
    My clients have many different syndromes, mental issues and problems and I'm very excited to see this as a forum.
  12. by   webbiedebbie
    Ooops, thought this would be for nurses with learning disability.

    Anyway, after reading the posts, I can see that this forum will be very beneficial!

    Good idea Brian!
  13. by   NursieRN
    Brian, thank you for changing the name to DD to encompass
    all developmental disabilities! Much obliged!!

    I work at a residental facility for DD in pediatrics. We also provide services for members of our community with DD. We even have
    our own school for the disabled!

    This is a very special and rewarding area of nursing and I look
    forward to discussing it with all of you!

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