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What careers are there for working with special needs children?

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by lilbit_erin lilbit_erin (New) New Student

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Hello, I'm a student in nursing school. I know I want to work with special needs children. This may include children with physical and developmental issues such as Muscular Dystrophy and Down Syndrome. Are there careers in nursing or should I look into allied health?

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Nurse SMS has 9 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

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Private nurses work with disabled/special needs kids all the time. So does pediatric home health, pediatric acute care, pediatric clinic jobs etc.

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meanmaryjean has 40 years experience as a DNP, RN and specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia.

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In a specialty children's hospital- a large percentage of the patients have special needs. Peds home care as mentioned above is almost exclusively special needs kids. Specialty clinics, Shriner's , and Easter Seals are others I can think of. 

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Possibly school nursing!

I worked for a public school district that had a school for school-age students with various severe health issues.  Their school nurse was an RN and there were also LVNs that provided the direct nursing care (tube feeding, trach care etc.). 

The district also had a school for adults, which were clients that had developmental disabilities and medical problems.

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