Interested in becoming a member? Join thousands of other IDD nurses who make our organization great. Some of the valuable benefits that are FREE to DDNA members are:
  • Membership in the ONLY association just for nurses who care for persons with IDD
  • Member-only access to FREE online IDD nursing Continuing Education modules
  • Member-only access to DDNA’s online newsletter – packed with info for IDD nurses
  • Member-only access to Online Resources in IDD Nursing (links to numerous IDD resources)
  • Access to the ONLY Certification in IDD Nursing for RNs and LPNs/LVNs
  • Opportunity to join DDNA Chapters and obtain information about DDNA Chapters and Networks around the country
  • Access to the DDNA’s “International Journal of Nursing in IDD”
  • Discounts on Annual Education Conference registration fees
  • Member-only free advertising in DDNA’s website classified section
  • Access to DDNA’s Facebook and other Social Media accounts for interfacing with other DDNA members
  • Representation through DDNA in other IDD-related associations and the Nursing Organization Alliance
  • All of this with annual dues of ONLY $80/year
Join now and have access to DDNA’s member benefits and FREE I/DD Continuing Education modules. If you are member and close to your renewal date, renew your membership here. Do you need to create your personalized login? Create your username and password here.  

DDNA Publications

Standards of DD Nursing Practice

Standards of Practice DDNA’s Aspirational Standards of Developmental Disabilities Nursing Practice, is available in both print and eBook form (pdf) from our publication storefront. Order the printed book or eBook (pdf).  

Med Management Position Paper

Position Paper DDNA’s “Position on Medication Management for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” paper is available as a printed publication. Order your printed book today.  

More Publications

Visit DDNA’s publication storefront at http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/ddna for additional publications, including conference manuals and newsletters.


Annual Education Conference

DDNA’s 22nd Annual Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, was a great success. We hope you learned a lot and enjoyed meeting other IDD nurses. We look forward to seeing you next May in Atlanta, GA, for DDNA’s 23rd Annual Education Conference. To purchase audio or video tapes of the conference sessions click here.  


Interested in certification in the specialty of IDD nursing? Read how to become a CDDN or DDC. Details on the certification page. Looking for practice study material for the exam? Check out the certification exam practice questions.  


We offer a number of developmental disability courses for members only! Learn more about DDNA’s free courseware offerings here.  


Follow along with the latest in IDD news with informative articles written by and for nurses working in the field. DDNA offers a quarterly newsletter to members that contains must-read information. The most current version is available on the Newsletter page in a variety of formats, including a ‘magazine’ style “flipping book.” View it now on the Newsletter page.  

DDNA Community

Keep active with your community by networking with DDNA members and others who are interested in intellectual and developmental disabilities. Connect with other IDD nurses, post questions, and share your experiences on the DDNA Forums. Learn more on the community page.

Newest Information

Classifieds – Maryland

Maryland – The DHMH, Developmental Disabilities Administration, located in Baltimore, is seeking a Nursing Program Consultant/Administrator IV. This administrative nursing position requires extensive and expert knowledge of COMAR regulations, nursing standards of practice and health care trends in order to function as the state somatic healthcare expert for the Developmental Disabilities Administration concerning the provision of nursing and health services, and the development of health policies. Qualified candidates must possess a Master’s degree in Nursing or a health-related field from an accredited college or university and five years of experiences as a Registered Nurse including four years of experience in an administrative, supervisory, consultative, or teaching capacity. The successful candidate must have at least 2 years of DDA experience, including extensive knowledge of the DDA system of service provision, and extensive knowledge of statute and regulations governing nurse practice within the DDA system of service provision. Must be able to translate this array of knowledge into consultant/leadership role to guide the practice of the DDA Regional Nurses. If interested, apply online at www.jobaps.com/md/jobs/dhmh by no later than March 31, 2015.  

DDNA Salutes Our Country’s Veterans

On this Veterans Day, DDNA would like to recognize and thank veterans and their families for their service to our country . . . with a special thank you to the nurses who have served!