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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  2. 3 Comments

  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.
  4. by   LadysSolo
    It depends on the part of the country you are in, agency in this area pays pretty well (but as has been mentioned, you will have a case load, not just one patient.)
  5. by   feelix
    Full-time home health will pay as much as a hospital. You will, however, have a lot of stress with schedulers chasing you all day and pressurising you to see more and more patients. Then keep 1.5 to 2 hours nightly for paper work per admission. Part-time home health is manageable, but a 1 hour visit, plus 2 hours of paper work, plus 1.5 hours of travel will ensure you make about $20 hour. You will pay for gas and car maintenance out of pocket.
    Try and find a staffing agency that hires private duty. This would not be permanent work though, and few and far between. There is a lot of pediatric private duty available. It, however, pays about $20 hrly and those kids are total care. The biggest challenge are families. You can make this work out long-term if you can find a family you like and vice versa. Be sure to ask for smaller children as it involves a lot of lifting and transfer.
    Last edit by feelix on May 16

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