Any private duty nurses out there?

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Hi! Are there any more private duty nurses out there?

If so, how do you like that aspect? What kinds of cases do you get? How long are you on them? How and/or where do you find those jobs?

Is it an area that a seasoned, older professional nurse could handle?

What are the down sides of this area?

Any info would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!icon7.gif

suebird3

suebird3

4,007 Posts

Hi! I moved your post to the Home Health Forum, where you should get more posts.

Suebird :)

HisTreasure

HisTreasure, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. Has 10 years experience. 748 Posts

I have a Medicaid provider number but I have yet to get a full case all to myself. Those that I associate with are private duty nurses and I hear generally excellent things about this "specialty" subgroup. Two of my aunts are older, seasoned nurses (though still young at heart) and one said she would NEVER set foot back into a staff nursing position. Private duty is a more laid back atmosphere in most instances, depending on the case, and being your own boss will allow you to pick which cases would be the best fit for you. Good luck with private duty, I will be watching this thread for updates.

Boston64

Boston64

24 Posts

Thanks, so much, for your reply! Will keep my mind and eyes open.

Kathy

DyeRN

DyeRN

17 Posts

I have a Medicaid provider number but I have yet to get a full case all to myself. Those that I associate with are private duty nurses and I hear generally excellent things about this "specialty" subgroup. Two of my aunts are older, seasoned nurses (though still young at heart) and one said she would NEVER set foot back into a staff nursing position. Private duty is a more laid back atmosphere in most instances, depending on the case, and being your own boss will allow you to pick which cases would be the best fit for you. Good luck with private duty, I will be watching this thread for updates.

Hi there

I am starting on Home health but I read your post about private nursing I was wondering how ia tat it works.Is it like home health?Do you bill insurances yourself?Please explain

thank you

DYERN

happylvn

happylvn

15 Posts

I am a INP for medi-cal and regional center. I have no problems finding cases and get 2-3 referals on a monthly basis

EnergizerNurse

EnergizerNurse

Specializes in community, mental health. Has 5 years experience. 107 Posts

what is an INP?

happylvn

happylvn

15 Posts

INP is Independent Nurse Provider for Medi-Cal / MediCaid

BamaRN8

BamaRN8

Specializes in (ICU) Vent-certif, Indep. Practice RN,. Has 19 years experience. 2 Posts

Hi there!

I am an RN & am a certified Medicaid Provider in Private Duty Nursing. I am also ventilator-certified. I have been an RN for 19 yrs, 10 of which I spent in ICU, & the rest in clinic & home health/hospice. I LOVE MY JOB! The reason I love my job is that it allows me to be a nurse "in the best of both worlds." I enjoyed ICU & facing each day with the assessments of my patients & "solving the puzzle" that was presented to me. I loved home health because of being able to interact with patients where they felt the most comfortable & where I could put some of my "ICU" experience to use. I used to see post open-heart surgery patients at home & loved it. I left the "bureacratic-run" healthcare setting :angryfire over 3 years ago & it's the best move I've ever made. I love being able to interact with my patients on a more personal basis, getting to know them, & not having to "check my feelings at the door" every time I arrive. I love being able to truly CARE for & about my patients the way I feel nursing was intended to be done. I work with a home ventilator patient, which allows me to utilize some of my ICU skills, because I know that my client is better off being at home when he's "sick" than in the hospital.

I'm sure the regulations for nurses in independent practice/private duty nurses (NIP/PDN) vary from state to state. If you're an MA provider, the rate of pay is set (right now over $30/hr.) You have to provide your own benefits, but if you're married or covered under someone's insurance, this doesn't matter.

I would be glad to offer you more information, personally, if you'd like. Just reply & let me know the best way to reach you. Let me assure you, though, that I won't go back to "bureaucratic" healthcare.:balloons:

RNKatrinaK

RNKatrinaK

27 Posts

This is my first time on the forum. I think the posts I have read are great. My question is: How do you go about becoming a self employed private duty nurse and getting clients? Currently I am an RN in Georgia.

Thanks!

Katrina

GingerSue

GingerSue

Has 20 years experience. 1,842 Posts

I've seen an RN who put her own ad in the yellow pages of the phone book (under "nursing") - I think she also included a photograph of herself

I have done some private duty through home health agency

and have done private duty through a nursing employment agency (and through a general employment agency) - in those arrangements it was the agency that paid me, the client paid the agency and I was not permitted to work independently with that client during a specific time period.

As a home health nurse, sometimes a client's family would ask about who to get for private duty - so you could let a home health agency know about your service.

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