Private Duty Nurse

Contract independently to render nursing care in hospital or private home.
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Salary Range
$44,000 – $95,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Private Duty Nurses do?

Contracts independently to render nursing care, usually to one patient, in hospital or private home: Administers medications, treatments, dressings, and other nursing services, according to physician’s instructions and condition of patient. Observes, evaluates, and records symptoms. Applies independent emergency measures to counteract adverse developments and notifies physician of patient’s condition. Directs patient in good health habits. Gives information to family in treatment of patient and maintenance of healthful environment. Maintains equipment and supplies. Cooperates with community agencies furnishing assistance to patient. May supervise diet when employed in private home. May specialize in one field of nursing, such as obstetrics, psychiatry, or tuberculosis.

Should I be a Private Duty Nurse?

You should have an associate's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Helpful: You always keep an eye out for what other people need.

  • Also known as: Maternity Nurse, Nurse, Private Duty, Registered Private Duty Nurse, Special Duty Nurse

    How to become a Private Duty Nurse

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