- 0Dec 31, '11 by jose2010So i just found out i have symtoms of aspergers. What i want to know is can a nurse with aspergers make it in the nursing field. And has anyone worked with a nurse with aspergers.
- 0Dec 31, '11 by papersacknurseQuote from jose2010My son has aspergers,I don't know how old you are but if you are an adult and you are comfortable around other people and able to be comfortable in the usual social norms I don't think you will have a problem. My son is usually uncomfortable around people until he gets to know them.So i just found out i have symtoms of aspergers. What i want to know is can a nurse with aspergers make it in the nursing field. And has anyone worked with a nurse with aspergers.
- 1Jan 1, '12 by neverbethesameI would suppose that it depends on the severity of it. Did your doc tell you? I would recommend getting into counseling as this may take major adjustments- not even on the outside but in how you think and feel about yourself. I got back into counseling when I received my ADHD and LD diagnosis and it helped so much. Good luck to you!
- 1Jan 1, '12 by Meriwhen, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorYes and yes
As far as nursing goes, the issue is mostly how you will interact with other people (both patients and coworkers). Wish I could give you the ready recipe for success, but it's not that cut and dry.
Knowing about Aspergers definitely helps, so I suggest that you read up on the condition so you can understand your symptoms. Also be sure to follow up regularly with your doctor. And I agree with the last poster: counseling can definitely be beneficial.
- 0Oct 6, '12 by LarisaLeeSymptoms of? As in which ones?
Detail oriented, focused, on time and a perfectionist are all great ones.
As I saw on another post of Asperger's and nursing, many people associate the syndrome with a cold, unfriendly attitude. This isn't always the case.
Some Aspies have a lifelong wish to please people. They are often very loving one-on-one. Perhaps they also communicate normally with a small group - but they freeze as soon as the place gets crowded. Some don't like to meet any new people. The latter should probably think really, really hard about a nursing career. If this person warms up to people, he or she should at least should go into a field in which he or she would be encountering the same patients regularly and would be performing the same types of tasks on them. For instance, a dialysis nurse might be a fairly good fit.
Consider your reaction to having your schedule constantly disrupted, too. Not saying you can't be a nurse, but you may not be suited for an institutional setting. Perhaps private practice.
I am actually just now writing a research paper trying to narrow down my own focus, which is how I found your question. I thought I was honed in on home hospice. Now I am thinking about several other settings. In any case, I want to go where my specific skills are an asset, not a liability.
- 0Oct 14, '12 by IndyIf the condition is mild, and you are able to focus on your work, you have the potential to explore the field of nursing. I hope you do find what you enjoy doing for a living. My 20 year old is a high-functioning moderate autistic with some retardation. She wanted to be a nurse for a long time until she found out people poop in beds and nurses clean that up. It was the fastest I have ever seen her change an opinion on something! However she does want to have a career doing basic volunteer helping-type work, and sees herself as an advocate for anyone who needs help.
The previous poster pointed out a wish to please people; I would say it is also a bit of a late-blooming empathy that can definitely be a good thing and should be encouraged. The process of finding a job that makes anyone, aspie, autistic, normal or whatever, feel like they "belong" is part of self-actualization and that sense of purpose is worth the world. I hope, again, that you find what you can do to succeed.
- 0Oct 30, '12 by GeneralJinjurOne of the psych nurses I work with certainly appears to be on the spectrum. She becomes quite frustrated with the rest of us who don't memorize new rules instantly and may not do things the same way twice. We become frustrated with her inflexibility and rigid routines. She has years of psych experience and her limit-setting works very well with manic and psychotic patients.
My 14yo has autism and has no interest in going into nursing (although he likes that I help sick people). He wants to be a Lego designer when he grows up. What about nursing do you find appealing?
- 0Oct 31, '12 by rarecircumstancesHi Jose!
I am really curious about what your symptoms specifically were, how old you were when diagnosed and how and why, if you know, did it go under the radar for so long? I have often felt that I too may have asperger's or be on the spectrum. I have taken a couple of online self-diagnostic quizzes and the results, however inaccurate or unreliable, pointed to the possibility that I do have it. I think that there are many challenges in life that we all face and if you really want something strongly enough you can most likely achieve it. Nursing has so many different avenues and I am sure that you (and I) can find the right fit, I hope anyway! Best of luck to you, please share as you make your decision and take your journey whichever path it leads you down.
- 0Jan 29, '13 by CNA_meg2014Quote from jose2010Of course. It's not like you wear a big blinking neon sign that says "look at me, I have Asperger's. don't hire me." I was diagnosed with AS at 3 years old. I've been working as a CNA at a nursing home for 9 months. Most of my co-workers and residents love me. Not that many people know that I have Asperger's and the ones that do don't really give a s***. As long as you know you can make it, you can. Don't give up and God bless.So i just found out i have symtoms of aspergers. What i want to know is can a nurse with aspergers make it in the nursing field. And has anyone worked with a nurse with aspergers.