Welcome to the new Learning Disability Nursing forum - page 6

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   dianabay
    Hi Laurdar:

    Where are you? Here in the USA some community colleges offer refresher courses. Also check with your local licensing board either online or call; they usually have a list of board approved refresher courses.

    Hope that helps...

    Diana
  2. by   Silversoft
    I work for the state of AZ Dept of Developmental Disabilities as a community nurse consultant. It's a great job! I work with one provider and with all their homes and their day program. We problem solve,
    keep track of illness of clients and their solution, work as part of a team doing ISP's, check state of group homes and the meal's nutrition, ect., and do inservices. :heartbeat
  3. by   Jjbiin
    Hi all
    where could I found the useful websit regarding with learning disablilty nurse in Australia

    any help!!
  4. by   Desperado78
    I am looking to get in touch with any learning disability nurses who are now working in Australia. Please let me know where you have managed to find work and what you are working as whilst out there.

    I am UK trained learning disability nurse am looking to emigrate with my partner who is a general nurse.

    cheers
  5. by   sallypz
    Interesting forum. I have been looking for information on a nursing specialty in the USA for developmentally disabled children but have found little here. In 2005 I adopted a small child with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). She has cognitive delays (the current politically correct verbage for Mental Retardation) and some emotional/behavioral problems. Alcohol use during pregnancy is the leading cause of Mental Retardation in the USA (and probably in the world)...it is also the only cause of Mental Retardation that is 100% preventable. FAS is a little recognized problem that was only recognized as a medical diagnosis in 1976. Research has found that mild alcohol consumption during pregnancy (sometimes as little as 2 drinks) also has adverse effect on the developing fetus' brain and can cause cognitive delays...so the problem is not only for heavy drinkers...but for any pregnant woman who consumes any alcohol. My own cognitively delayed daughter will probably never be able to function independently in society. FAS is brain damage that is permenant and can never heal. And, from what I've read about children who grow up with unrecognized FAS, many of them do so badly at trying to adjust to society with a damaged brain that doesn't understand the rules that they end up in jail, or worse, victimized, abused, or dead.
    In another line that would be applicable to disability nursing, in the past few years the number of children that have autism has increased by over 6 fold. (There is even a TV commercial stating this fact.) So along with the medical demands that the aging of America (Baby Boomers growing older) are going to place on the medical system and nursing, if thae trends in the increases in the occurance of autism in the population continue it will also place huge demands (and needs) on the future of the medical (and nursing) field. However, surprisingly, so far I have seen little in literature recognizing this fact....and no training in nursing schools preparing our future nurses for this population in need of services.
    Well, I didn't mean to ramble on..just to say this is an important field of nursing that is very underdeveloped in the USA.
  6. by   babyface85
    Hi all,

    I am a registered learning disability nurse. I am currently working in Sydney NSW Australia. I am a registered nurse who can only practice in the area of mental retardation ( a term i hate). Any advice on where i could appy for jobs in this area?? Thanks a million
  7. by   babyface85
    Also, could any UK practicioners tell me how i might be able to get into forensic nursing in the Uk? This is an area i find fasinating. Moving there next year, i am Irish and a RNLD. Or could anyoine tell me what job opportunites are there in my line of work at present. Thanks alot
  8. by   iwillbanurse08
    Quote from babyface85
    Hi all,

    I am a registered learning disability nurse. I am currently working in Sydney NSW Australia. I am a registered nurse who can only practice in the area of mental retardation ( a term i hate). Any advice on where i could appy for jobs in this area?? Thanks a million

    Hi babyface, here in the US we no longer use that term mental retardation. A more appropriate term was constructed we now use "Developmental Disabilities". The term "mental retardation" in my state was found to be offensive to the individuals we serve and down right degrading.. So I am happy to say we have come a long way and still have a ways to go.. :redpinkhe
  9. by   Shamrock
    ddna.org - the have lots and lots on line.
  10. by   Rutendo81
    i am a learning disability nurse and i will have a second registration in November as a mental health nurse too. I know it is tough to get a job as a mental health nurse due to experience but i am looking for jobs as a LD nurse. I am very confused but some people are telling me that i have to take the international english test inorder to get the job process started but others are saying that i do not need it. please help what should i do, if so without out the english test?

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