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Introduction
Although the United States today is suffering widespread economic recession and
contraction there remains a few areas of industry that are continuing to grow steadily,
much of it due to the aging of America’s generations and the ability to live longer.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, home care services and private nursing are
among the handful of career areas that are still growing strong.
The growth drivers for this particular industry should not be surprising. Private nursing
demand continues to expand due to the general populace growing older, advances in
medicine allowing the average age to exceed old mortality limits and more debilitating
health conditions to be treated on an
ongoing basis. All of the changes
above mean there is more demand for
skilled nursing to be available 24/7 in
households that can afford the help.
And even those who cannot rely on
government assistance to make up the
difference and make it possible.
Additionally, the private health industry
is also getting in on the act, seeing
cost-saving benefits to moving people
out of hospitals and into home-settings
as quickly as possible via outpatient
care.
But what exactly is private nursing? We see it all the time in TV shows, but very
few of us understand the industry unless we either work in it or require the
services. Even many going through nursing school and working in hospitals or
large institutions are unaware of this different nursing field. It can be a very
lucrative alternative given the right set of circumstances and client.
Technically speaking, a private nurse can be hired by a group, a family or even an individual to provide 24/7 skilled-care services,
medical assistance, and monitoring. This can be either in a hospital or in a home setting. Most people needing such services tend
to either be in outpatient recovery from a serious injury, surgery or illness, or they have an ongoing, chronic condition that requires
skilled, regular assistance.
The demand on the private nurse that is hired, of course, means that when assigned they have to be providing services practically
on a continuous basis. This can include fundamental services as well including cleaning, meal preparation and delivery, diet-
planning, and similar daily care. These are not nurse duties per se; however, the private nursing occupation is broad and usually
includes personal care along with medical assistance. As a result, private nurses may take on the label of a caretaker in some
circumstances rather than “nurse.”