Are you a nurse looking to work with patients who have physical disabilities? Consider becoming a EMT. These jobs often require first-hand knowledge of patients with various medical conditions, and having mobility challenges. Most importantly, EMTs need to be able to take care of themselves as well as their patients. Working with people with physical disabilities requires a lot of different skills, whether you are an EMT or an LPN. But the combination of your nursing and paramedic education may very well be what sets you apart from other nurses in the same job market. You see, most EMT programs do not teach nurses how to interact with patients and follow basic nursing procedures when caring for them. As a result, the nurses working in these fields may lack certain skills, such as knowing how to communicate effectively with patients and carry out basic nursing procedures while caring for them.
Become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse
Registered nurses (RPNs) are supervised by registered nurses (RNs), which are actually different types of nurses. Some RPNs become registered nurses (RNs), while others become advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs). The choice is yours – it all depends on what you want from a career and where you want to be. Registered nurses are usually certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and are also known as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), Licensed Voc technicians (LVTs), Registered Nurse (RN), or Registered Nurse (Equivalent). The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) was created in 1967 to “standardize and license nursing practice across the United States.” We now know that the ANCC is more than just a credentialing organization; it is a quality assurance organization, with certifying bodies in nearly every field of nursing. The ANCC provides certification and licensing information to state boards of nursing, as well as through its website. You can find detailed information about becoming a registered nurse and a staff nurse at From RPN to RN.
Work with People With Physical Disabilities
People with disabilities often require extra support, which may include a specialized staff member to help with activities of daily living (ADLs) or assist with some aspects of a disabled person’s daily routine. You may have even seen these types of assistive technology (AT) devices at work: assistive technology (AT) devices are designed to help people with disabilities get the most out of their devices, including communication devices such as hearing aids, vision devices, and mobility assistance devices. Some devices even have assistance features to make everyday tasks easier, such as small lights that can be attached to the brail of a hearing aid to indicate the time or brightness of the Daytime Auto-Rotate feature on hearing aids lets you easily change the frequency and volume of the hearing aid when you are not able to use it. Depending on your level of skill and need, you may want to look into working with particular disabilities such as autism, physical disabilities, mental disabilities, and more. There are many specialties that focus on working with specific disabilities, such we’ve listed some of the most common below.
Work with Special Needs Patients
Special needs patients can be challenging, but that does not mean you cannot care for them. In fact, working with special needs patients is an excellent way to learn about yourself and find out what you are capable of. You may be required to help with daily living tasks such as meal preparation, bathing, and dressing, or you may be called upon to perform more advanced nursing procedures, such as assessing the patient’s ability to feed themselves, change their own clothing, or perform some other complex task.
Physical disabilities are far more common than people realize. Almost everyone has at least one physical disability and many people have multiple disabilities. Not only are people with disabilities more likely to be in need of assistance and special education, but the jobs they have may require different kinds of skill sets from the ones someone with mobility issues may have. It is important to remember that being unable to do something does not mean you can’t do something. All it takes is practice, determination, and the right tools to make your life easier. If you are interested in working as a nurse with physical disabilities, you will need to brush up on your nursing skills in order to be successful. You may need to take additional courses to meet state certification requirements, or you may want to obtain a specialty license to work in certain areas. For more information about becoming a nurse with physical disabilities, check out our blog post on the subject, or browse our database of current registered nurses job opportunities.