That is a good point BostonBruins 77.
For the most part our social interactions with patients are predictable and routine. But I think it will also depend on which area of nursing you go into. Nursing school may be more difficult for someone with Aspergers too! Due to all the new learning you have to do- mixed with adapting to a new school routine and the many new social situations at the sametime. Kind of a double whammy. Triple if it takes you longer to pick up on new information and routines. All of which I realized after the fact, I had unfortunately experienced.
I imagine emergency medicine would be more difficult due to how quickly things happen (thinking out our feet can be a weakness.) Especially when dealing with people under extreme stress, who tend to react in less than predicatable ways. Doing UR work was very routine. Doing telephonic triage this was not so routine. I had unpredictable callers and situiations, and with taking about 35 calls a day, from differnt people everyday, I encountered more atypical situations than a floor nurse does.
Yes we had guidelines to follow and demographics to fill in, but when my employer tried to force the staff to follow a rigid step by step protocal for every call, all of us nurses ended up more than the usual number of angry callers. (My manager was not pleased when I informed her this would
happen! Again we Aspies have a tendency to provide frank honest responses that do not always go over very well.)
If you go into nursing (or any number of other helping professions), you will need to be able to be flexible and adapt to the other persons needs as they arise. I always found this part easy to do, it was the procedure and policy changes, that I resisted. Adaptablity is an individual trait to seriously consider, as some Aspies do have difficulty in this area. Best of luck to all who are just starting on their life's careers!