Developmental Disabilities Nursing
Everything You Need to Know About Developmental Disabilities Nursing
Developmental disabilities nurses–also called special needs nurses–work with patients who have mental or developmental disabilities like Down’s syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s or other conditions requiring special care and support. Developmental disabilities nurses must have specialized knowledge and clinical skills to deal with the profound impact the disabilities have on the patients and their families. They provide care that focuses not just on the patient’s physical health, but mental health as well, enhancing basic skills, communication, socialization and participation in community life.
$50,000 - $60,000
Annual Salary Range
- Helping patients perform basic daily tasks, such as eating, dressing, etc.
- Teaching patients to move on their own and gain increased control over their own bodies
- Assisting with language and communication skills
- Building patients’ confidence and morale
- Educating patients’ families about the effects of the disability and ways to assist the patient
LPN, ASN or BSN
RN, plus Developmental Disabilities Certification