Developmental Disability Nurse

A Developmental Disability or Special Needs Nurse takes care of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities, such as Down Syndrome and Autism.
Required education
ADN or BSN
Attributes
Independent
Out-of-hospital
Patient-facing
Structured
Varied
You’ll build long-lasting relationships with your patients, learning to anticipate their needs and helping improve the quality of their lives.
What you’ll do
What you’ll do

Education

You’ll teach patients and their families about their condition and the best ways to manage it.

Treatment

You’ll help patients with basic bodily care, movement and communication.

Where you’ll work
  • Hospitals
  • Offices
  • Patients’ homes
  • Schools
How to become a Developmental Disability Nurse

02

Pass the NCLEX-RN .

03

Work as a Registered Nurse, gaining at least two years’ experience in the field of Developmental Disabilities.

04

Get your Certification in Developmental Disabilities Nursing from the Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association.

05

You’re ready to work as a Developmental Disability Nurse.

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