I've read a lot of negative about the nursing field in this forum and for a while it had me rethinking my choice of career, but I followed my heart and I am in love with my job. I'll be starting an LPN program in January, but I was just hired for a job to take care of severe MRDD residents in a home. I LOVE IT!!! I was nervous because 99% of the people have physical deformities and I felt bad staring, but after the first few hours past I fell in love with them. Despite popular belief, they have a LOT of personality. All in the first day I changed their diapers, tried to help them reach their set goals, fed them, showered them, talked to them, watched American Idol with them, and sang one of them to sleep.
My job is the BEST home ever for non ambulatory MRDD infants, children, and adults. We treat them like they are our own family. They have special wheelchairs, great beds, rooms that look need and clean (i wouldn't mind living in it!!!), a huge supply of toys, a heated swimming pool, a playground with swings for the wheelchairs. We have lots of staff who help them work on goals that help them learn how to do things such as learn to communicate better, learn to feed, bathe, dress, brush their teeth, etc. We send the adults off to work and they get paid to do these skills. We give them as normal of a life as possible and they do a GREAT JOB. There are only 48 residents that range from ages 8 months to 47 years old, but the place looks like an expensive hotels and the staff treat them like family. My co worker kisses them goodnight and tucks them in. I love the nursing profession. It's perfect for me.