RN Jobs working with children who have ASD

  1. Hello All! I'm a RN and currently work as a substitute school nurse / Behavioral Support Staff (BSS) at a private school for kids who have behavioral or medical needs. Most of the kiddos there have behavioral issues or have been diagnosed with Autism.
    I have took over some of the Discrete Trial Instruction in the Life Skill Elementary room and now my supervisor would like me to train in Intensive Teaching.

    In other words I'm going more towards special education teaching.

    My Question is: What kind of jobs could I find with my RN degree/license and my training with teaching children with autism?
    At the moment I'm not making enough money to pay back my student loans and I do not feel any room to move up where I am at.

    Any thoughts?
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    Joined: May '12; Posts: 6
    School nurse; from US


  3. by   hope3456
    I worked with a lady who got a job in a Psych facility for children - I believe that we're there pretty much long term.... not sure how common jobs like that are.
  4. by   royhanosn
    define Intensive Teaching. Sounds like a wonderful political/or lawyer speak for ..be careful what you wish for. Can you mentally handle it.
  5. by   Cobweb
    I believe every state has some version of the CAP programs (Community Alternatives Program), which helps developmentally disabled kids to remain living at home while advancing their education. You might look at something like that. Also, state health departments are almost always looking for nurses. Hospital pediatrics, or a pediatrician, might also be good employers. It probably wouldn't take much for you to get a teacher's certificate, if you want to teach, although I don't know about special education requirements. They used to have a program where people with a degree in another field could get a teacher's certificate with a few extra classes. There are camps for kids with autism, and those camps might appreciate a nurse.

    Good luck
  6. by   Cobweb
    I nearly forgot to add that about 25 years ago, I worked for an agency that specialized in pediatric patients. They nearly always had autistic kids on their list.
  7. by   royhanosn
    autistic kids are smart in their own way. To work with them, would be interesting. Like animals, let them come to you! Getting a job with these kids would be good.
  8. by   Cobweb
    My son is autistic and has an IQ of nearly 200. He's not much like an animal. He is very interesting, though
  9. by   LadyFree28
    Quote from Cobweb
    My son is autistic and has an IQ of nearly 200. He's not much like an animal. He is very interesting, though
  10. by   LadyFree28
    I have worked in Peds for 8 years, mostly in the community: Home Health (which included accompanying children to school), and a Pediatric Extended Day Facility, or medical day care. We have kids with autism spectrum, CP, ADHD that have co-morbidities in addition with children who have medical needs with and without milestone delays. I was able to whether pediatric acute care because of my background; specifically critical care.

    The best way to put things in perspective, especially with working with children, is you will find that children and people with DD do need nursing care, and that doesn't leave.

    If you want to continue to work with children, you can try home health, camps, as well as residential settings for children. Home health is really flexible, and you will find the complex care and developmental aspects of the children to be a more holistic setting, if that is something you are interested in.
  11. by   royhanosn
    I agree, let him talk, and strut his stuff. Are they very or extremely sensitive to their surroundings?
  12. by   royhanosn
    IQ 200? what does he excell in?
  13. by   Cobweb
    He excels in anything that he's interested in. He really struggles when he has to study areas that he's not interested in. He loves computers, video games, writing, science, classical music, and ancient history. He works full-time and goes to school. He is a giant wall of oblivion to people that he doesn't know, but is very sentimental and over-protective of the few people he cares about. He loves animals. He doesn't enjoy change or new situations, but once he knows the rules and what behavior is expected, he does really well. He consciously works on his social skills. If you have ever seen Bones, he is quite a bit like Temperance.
  14. by   ccweisbard
    Just want to say that I have an autistic child as well and great offense to the animal comment. My child is in no way, shape or form like an animal. She has an IQ of at least 118. Please think of how your words would affect the parents or child of those you are speaking about....