Are there any nurses on board who do Private Duty Nursing?
If so, how much is a reasonable and acceptable amount to charge for doing private duty?
Anyone working private duty for themselves without the involvement of an outside agency assisting you?
What are the pros and cons to doing private duty?
Guess I'll have to wait until Sunday night to read the replies since this is my weekend to work two twelves in a row.
I've enjoyed my very brief three days off, now it's time to say goodbye to my allnurses friends until I return after work on Sunday night. That is if I have any "pep" left in my "step" after my Sunday shift is over. :kiss
Nighty night ya'll!
Aug 8, '03
I would argue that nurses are permitted to be independent contractors. They legally exist in all states. As long as you do not violate you scope of practice you are fine. I would also argue that liability insurance is available to independently practicing nurses.
See the Forum on this board, "Nurse Entrapreneur"
Private duty has been around as long as nursing has.
Independent contractors are responsible for thier own witholdings. They are self employed and there-fore essentially the same as a business owner. Don't even try not reporting to IRS.
Because you are responsible for ALL of your own withholdings and "benefits" you should charge accordingly. In otherwords if you are making $25 working for an employer plus vacation, sick time, benefits etc. Then you need to charge at least enough to cover all these things.
Whether you pay into Social Security or not remember to allow enough to do so as you would be getting this "benefit" working for someone else. Also keep in mind that the employer matches what is deducted from you pay. I. E. if you are employed the employer pays half your SSI.
In some states they also pay the full amt of unemployment (some states MAY have the employee pay all or part. I am not sure)
There are also things like workers comp. ins. that the employer must pay . I mention these things as they are all the cost of employing someone. So you should charge accordingly as you are just as entitled to these benefits or the $$ equavalent.
So if you are charging $25 without the benefits that normally come with a job and having to do all your own withholdings the customer is getting a REAL bargan IF $25 is what you would make working for someone else. AND they likely do not Know that it is a bargan. So charge accordingly.
Last edit by Agnus on Aug 8, '03
Aug 9, '03
A friend of mine who became quadriplegic from an accident a few years ago has 24 hour private duty RN care. He has been lucky enough to find very good RNs who have stayed with him for a long time. He has a lot of needs, and no one to help him if he did not hire nurses.
I haven't done private duty myself since the early 80's, but was making $22-24/ hr then (no benefits, but taxes were withheld). I booked through an agency, but I always contacted the patient's physician myself by phone to determine medical/actual nursing needs vs. patient's or family member's say-so. Sometimes the patients and their family members were unclear as to which meds were current or discontinued, where a fracture actually was or even if there was one, etc...
It's not something I would want to do again, but it was a handy addition to my income when I was paying off bills that had accumulated while I was still in school.
I did not have the experience then (or desire) to get involved with home vents and such, but I do remember that there was a need for such nurses.
Last edit by jemb on Aug 9, '03