I am a nurse with my BSN. I work at a hospital with great pay and benefits. I have been bedside nursing for the past 4 years. There is just one problem it's not what I am passionate about. I want to work with patients with developmental disabilities. i worked in this field for 6 years prior to becoming a nurse and it was the most fulfilled I have ever been. So my question is how do I find a RN job in this field. I have been looking around at all the adult day programs and group home sites and none of them are hiring. I have been looking for about 6 months now and have not found one opening in my area. Should I call them all up on the phone and inquire about possible positions? Is there an area in this field I'm not thinking of? I live in a very medical driven city so I expected a few options by now. Thanks
Mar 2, '16
I would call and maybe go there personally. Be professional. Ask them to keep your résumé on file if they are not hiring.
I worked this this population prior to becoming a nurse, and now I have some students with DD.
Great group to work with.
Best of luck!
Mar 2, '16
Many of the group home sites contract out their nursing services to consulting agencies; have you looked into those already? Also, I know a ton of agencies hire for RN on-call for telephone triaging DD patients, so that might be another option.
Good luck! I found my dream job in DD; I hope you do too!
Mar 3, '16
Thanks! I did not know they can contract out. This may be true because it never says anything on their website about even having nurses. I know they hire them because I have worked at a group home in the past.
Mar 17, '16
In the area where I live, the vast majority of the IDD/MHMR group home positions for RNs are advertised on sites such as Indeed, CraigsList and CareerBuilder.
Apr 26, '16
Private duty nursing is often with developmentally disabled people. I love it.