Advancing IDD Healthcare: Insights from Nursing Leaders Dina Pizzurro-Smith & Daleigh Tallent

In this enlightening episode of IDD Health Matters, Dr. Craig Escude is joined by Dina Pizzurro-Smith, BSN, RN, CDDN, Director of Client Services at IntellectAbility, and Daleigh Tallent, MSN, RN, CDDN, Clinical Quality Coordinator at IntellectAbility. Both guests share their unique journeys into the field of nursing for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), highlighting the challenges and rewards that come with serving this underserved population.

Dina and Daleigh discuss the critical need for specialized training and education for nurses in the IDD field, emphasizing the lack of IDD-specific content in traditional nursing curricula. They explore the importance of understanding the complex healthcare needs of individuals with IDD and the role of nurses in providing tailored care and advocacy to ensure these needs are met.

The conversation also covers the challenges individuals with IDD face in accessing healthcare, including physical barriers and the reluctance of some healthcare providers to treat patients with IDD. Dina and Daleigh stress the importance of building relationships with community healthcare providers and the need for comprehensive training that includes clinical skills, disability competency, and advocacy.

This episode is a must-listen for healthcare professionals, nursing students, and anyone interested in improving health equity for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Through their stories and insights, Dina and Daleigh inspire listeners to advocate for better training, awareness, and inclusion in healthcare for the IDD community.

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