|1. ||Basic description—The role of a developmental disability nurse
is to assist clients with mental and physical disabilities to live
as normal and productive a life as possible. This might mean
assisting clients with manual and recognition skills to enable
them to carry out tasks related to maintaining activities of daily
living or developing comprehensive plans with specific goals and
objectives. Developmental disabilities nurses work in sheltered
workshops, group homes, long-term care facilities, and schools.|
|2. ||Educational requirements—RN preparation; certification eligibility is available to RNs with a minimum of 4,000 hours (2
years full-time equivalent) of developmental disabilities nursing
practice within the past 5 years.|
|3. ||Core competencies/skills needed:|
|• ||Compassion and understanding of the total person with a disability|
|• ||Excellent communication skills|
|• ||Understanding of chronic long-term disabilities|
|• ||Counseling skills for families|
|• ||Ability to work with interdisciplinary teams|
|• ||Promotes positive life experiences|
|• ||Provides care for health and social needs|
|• ||Understands physical disabilities and psychological/emotional needs|
|• ||Promotes positive images of people with disabilities|
|• ||Applies clinical and behavioral nursing interventions to meet
the special health care needs of the individual|
|• ||Acts in the capacity of advocate|
|• ||Maximizes the client’s potential by referring to appropriate resources|
|• ||Manages care by coordinating services|
|4. ||Compensation—Varies with place of employment and geographic location.|
|5. ||Employment outlook—Moderate|
|6. ||Related Web site and professional organization:|
|• ||Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA):
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: 101 Careers in Nursing.
Contributors: Jeanne M. Novotny - Editor, Doris T. Lippman - Editor, Nicole K. Sanders - Editor, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 97.
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