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Private Duty Nursing

Learn More about Private Duty Nursing

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. Many private duty nurses are self-employed and work as contractors.

Preparation Path

Get your BSN

Pass the NCLEX and become an RN

Seek employment or become self-employed

Typical Tasks

  • Providing one-on-one care for patients
  • Allocating daily routines and treatment
  • Administering medication
  • Monitoring patient’s symptoms and maintaining comfort

Employment Settings

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

Annual Salary Range

$43,500 – $60,500


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

Education Requirements


Interested in taking the first step toward a career in private duty nursing?