The DDNNH is committed to broadening the knowledge of all nurses and other professionals involved in supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. The DDNNH serve as mentors for new Nurse Trainers, and work in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Developmental Services.
The New Hampshire Administrative Rule, He-M 1201-Healthcare Coordination and Administration of Medication, establishes minimum standards for health coordination and defines the qualifications of Nurse Trainers who authorize providers administering medications to individuals receiving services from the Bureau of Developmental Services.
The Developmental Disabilities Nurses Association (DDNA), founded in 1992 to meet the professional needs of nurses serving individuals with developmental disabilities, represents the collective interests of its members through a national structure and regional networks. The DDNA encourages member nurses within each state, regional area, or city to form DDNA Nurse Networks to more directly serve members and to provide an avenue for local networking and support. The New Hampshire network, known as the Developmental Disabilities Nurses of New Hampshire (DDNNH), promotes the DDNA Mission Statement:
"As nurses in the specialized field of developmental disabilities, our mission is to continue to develop our expertise in order to assure the highest quality of life to the people we serve throughout their life span. The DDNA exists to provide opportunities for the exploration of common issues and concerns, education and professional recognition to those nurses involved in the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities."
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