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What Does a Private Duty Nurse Do?

A Private Duty Nurse provides one-on-one medical care to an individual patient, usually in a home setting. They may care for patients with a variety of needs, including elderly patients, those with chronic illnesses or disabilities, children with medical complexities, or individuals recovering from surgery or injury. Their services are tailored to the specific needs of the patient, providing a level of personalized care that goes beyond what is typically offered in hospitals or nursing homes.

Their responsibilities include monitoring vital signs, administering medications, wound care, assisting with mobility and activities of daily living, and implementing care plans developed by physicians. They also play a crucial role in educating patients and their families on managing their conditions at home.

Private Duty Nurses must be able to work independently and make critical decisions regarding patient care. They often develop close relationships with their patients and families, providing not only clinical care but also emotional support.

They typically work for healthcare agencies, may be self-employed, or may be directly hired by families. The role of a Private Duty Nurse is integral in providing comprehensive and compassionate care, allowing patients to recover or manage their conditions in the comfort of their own homes.

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