62 Years Old - How do I get started in private duty nursing?

  1. Dear Nurse Beth,

    I a 62 years old and have been RN for 18 years. Am interested in doing private duty caregiving/companionship/sitting. No heavy duty nursing. How do I get started? Agencies are paying crap!

    Dear Wants Private Duty,

    Have you considered Home Health? You would be in a home setting, although you would have a caseload and not just one patient.

    Another option is private pay, although it may not be easy to find clients who are willing
    to pay out of pocket. In certain areas of the country, well-to-do elderly and/or incapacitated people do pay well for private duty care when they find someone they trust. Often the caregiver will be non-licensed, however. Doctors in these communities will make referrals on behalf of caregivers they know, or who perhaps have worked in in their office.

    If you are looking for a skilled position where you perform RN functions, you need to work
    under a doctor or other provider, which takes you back to Home Health. Insurance will not pay you directly.

    Best wishes,

    Nurse Beth

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  3. by   caliotter3
    A former RN supervisor in home health started getting paid directly by the insurance company, cutting the agency out of the picture. However, the insurance company did not pay her any more than the agency did. Your best bet for the better pay is out of pocket private duty. Look for these positions through word of mouth and on employment websites. You can also place your own ads.