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Any nurses with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)?

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by newenglandcna newenglandcna (New) New

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Are there any nurses diagnosed with ASD? I've been researching this topic for quite some time and I couldn't find any results. All I came across is people having traits of this disorder, but not being diagnosed.

I have ASD and I'm debating if the nursing field is for me. I am an excellent cna and I can do physical care with no problems, but being social with the patients is my greatest challenge. I struggle with the social aspect of nursing care and it can affect my work significantly. I am going to cognitive-linguistic therapy to improve my social communication skills and to help me with understanding what to do in social situations.

Should I pursue a nursing degree? Any opinions and experiences with this subject? Also if direct nursing care doesn't sound like something I should do, does anyone have any other recommendations? Thank you for your time in reading this post and hopefully I'll get a response.

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I do not have ASD but if you are a good CNA then why should you not be a good nurse. Consider asking some feedback from your employer, what are your reviews like? I am sure you can bring something special to the field. A friend of mine has Asperger's Syndrome and is a music teacher at a public school. She has some mentors and utilizes them when needed. You can do whatever you put your mind to and nursing is a LARGE and dynamic field of work, you will find your niche!

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deadrn has 16 years experience.

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I have Aspergers Syndrome, as well as chronic depression, and have been a nurse for 16 years. It has certainly been a challenge but I have managed. I'm currently a NICU nurse and love the job, although small talk with the parents and teaching them is difficult. No one but my immediate family is aware of the aspergers. I have not disclosed this to my employer as it doesn't effect my ability to do my job on any tangible level. The depression is more of a player in this regard as it results in the occasional ill call, but interfers no more with my ability to do my job than acid reflux does, ha. The primary problem an autsim spectrum disorder is going to have as far as nursing is concerned is in your social interactions. Like previously stated, nursing is a very dynamic field, you will find your niche. Personally I think working in the OR either as a nurse or a surg/scrub tech, would be the ideal health care job for someone with an autism spectrum disorder. Many of the surgeons and anesthesia people would probably have the same diagnosis as you, honestly. Sorry I can't offer more other than to say you can do anything you put your mind to.

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My reviews are outstanding even though I had a few clients request that I don't work for them due to my lack of social understanding. I'm sure I'll find my niche, but I need to be thoughtful to where I work due to my medical conditions. I have rapid cycling bipolar disorder (more than four episodes of mania and/or depression in one year), adhd, and various forms of anxiety. I have to be careful in working in high stress situations; I have been hospitalized twice due to being overwhelmed from my job in a combination to being manic within the past two years.

My answer to finding my niche is difficult and I don't expect anyone to answer it for me. I appreciate that I got comments in regards to my asd, thank you for your time everyone.

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I have ASD (Aspergers) and I've quit or been terminated from the last 3 jobs. The 2nd job has me on "personal leave" because they claim I am unable to provide safe nursing care. To be honest I'm really really angry. I checked out the Job Accommodations network to get ideas ... they claimed my idea of ear plugs to block out the chatter and constant banter at work was not acceptable. I am going to speak with a JAN representative monday. They claimed JAN told them that I will be unable to be a nurse in an inpatient setting. (Ridiculous because although I didn't do things that would cost me my license - I did provide safe patient care). I think what it boils down to is that a few people dislike me and because they do not understand or care to understand what goes on in my head - they chose to scapegoat me and write me off.

I saw the post about surgical/or ... that's interesting. I would think that would be very stressful and my stimming would drive everyone crazy. I guess it's worth some further thought though. LOL about everyone in the room having the same diagnosis - it's probably true!

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Hi deadrn,

I realize this is an older post, but I was wondering if you have an above average IQ. Do you think a person with an IQ in average range with PDD could handle a job as an RN?

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markko has 25 years experience and specializes in 911 critical care ambulance nurse.

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I have Asperger's and ADHD. I was diagnosed in 2005 at age 45. In 1993, I chose to go to nursing school and work has been good. I have a few strange ways of thinking, mainly the thought process to reach a conclusion varies from normal people, but the result is always correct and the same as a normal nurse. It's just the way my brain works. I've been a critical care 911 ambulance nurse, LTC supervisor, and hospital nurse. No problems. I take Invega 6 mg daily to help with socialization and Concerta XL 54 mg for ADHD.

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Hi, markko,

Thanks for sharing.

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LudaMama specializes in Mother.

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Thank you for this.  My son is 16 and has autism and ADD.  He is currently taking Intro. To Health Care at school and has feel in love.  He has decided to become a nurse.  As a parent I have lost sleep and cried my eyes out studying with him in the past.  However with this class he hardly studied and make straight A’s in this class.  I am so very proud of him.  He and I are going to start mapping out what steps he needs take and take a tour of the local nursing school.  Create a vision board for inspiration and to keep him on his path. Again I am proud of him.

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markko has 25 years experience and specializes in 911 critical care ambulance nurse.

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When I was 16 years old, I took an "Intro to Health Care Careers" course in high school.  At age 17, I became a CNA and EMT.  I worked as an EMT during my senior year in high school and got the OK to carry an EMS pager in school and was able to leave any class to respond to the ambulance station for calls.  The principal gave me a reserved parking spot in the front of the school and the EMS station was just two blocks away.  I ended up getting a D- in Chemistry for the year because I missed so many classes while doing EMS work.  I didn't care.  I worked as en ER Tech from 1987 to 1993 at the local hospital.  I enrolled in nursing school in 1991 and graduated with a BSN in just five semester.  I quickly transitioned from the ER Tech to the RN role quite easily.  In 2000, I took a job as a LTC supervisor.  From 2005 until retirement in 2015, I worked as a critical care 911 ambulance nurse.

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Thank you for your response.  That is wonderful to hear.  Stay safe. :snurse:😷🚑

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