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Considering working with special needs child? Input needed from BTDT.

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Hello,

I recently applied for a school nurse position in my area and found out today that the position had already been filled. I was told though that there may be another position available to me. I guess there is a preschooler with special needs (I am not sure what they are yet) who will need a nurse present with them during their time in the head start program. I guess they initially were going to have a para special ed with this child but decided that would not be enough. I have been a nurse for 8 years, I have worked in several different areas but only have a small amount of experience with pediatrics (other than my own 4 kids). The thought of being responsible for someone else's sick little one scares me a bit! I have med surg experience, some clinic, some ER/urgent care, and inpatient rehab. Is there anyone else who has done this kind of thing who can give me an idea as to what may be involved?

Thank you! I wish I had more info on the child, but the person I spoke with said she would call when she learned more.

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You could be looking at a wide range of care needs--seizure assistance, med administration, trach care, vent care, cathing, neb treatments, tube feedings and many other measures. The care plan could range from fairly simple and straightforward to highly complicated and demanding.

Before you get frightened off by the possibilities, ask about the child's primary diagnosis along with any other conditions that need attention. There are too many variables to consider without knowing this basic information.

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noreenl works as a Clinical School Nursing Supervisor/Educator.

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I am a school nurse supervisor and I train my nurses to work with special needs kids of all types. Use this site to ask me questions so that others can learn as well or PM me anytime! These kids are the most loving children and even tho the challenges can be tough or even exhausting some days The rewards far outway the initial fears!

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gorgemom has 13 years experience.

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Well, I turned down the job, not because of the child, but because it was only 3 days a week, with 2 hours a day. I would spend so much money for daycare and travel for just those measely hours it would not be worth it. They did say they would keep me in mind for other jobs though. Thank you again for all of your advice!

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