Private Duty Nursing

The Career Path for a Private Duty Nurse

Private duty nurses work one-on-one with patients with varying degrees of ailments. A private duty nurse can work in various settings to provide personal health care, but commonly these specialty nurses work in home health services. Private duty nurses also frequently work in pediatrics and tend to children with long-term illnesses. Compensation for private duty nursing is often paid through health care, such as Medicare or Medicaid, private insurance or private pay, and many private duty nurses are self-employed and work as contractors.

Preparation Path

  • GET YOUR NURSING DIPLOMA, ASN OR BSN
  • (IF LPN, MUST WORK UNDER A REGISTERED NURSE)
  • PASS YOUR NCLEX AND BECOME AN RN
  • SEEK EMPLOYMENT OR BECOME SELF-EMPLOYED

$25,000 - $97,000

Annual Salary Range

Typical Tasks

  • Provide one-on-one care for patients
  • Allocate daily routines and treatment
  • Administer medication
  • Monitor patient’s symptoms and maintain comfort

Education Requirements

RN Diploma, ASN or BSN

Employment Settings

  • Patient’s private home
  • Hospice care institutions
  • Private health institutions
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospitals
  • Rehabilitation clinics

Certification

RN, Registered Nurse-Board Certified (RN-BC)