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Who Provides Private Nursing?
Private nursing is the profession of nurses who are hired privately to provide comprehensive services
of care on a regular and even daily or hourly schedule, as needed. Historically, nurses were originally
hired on as private nurses if they graduated from a recognized nursing school in the U.S. These
nurses, at graduation, were signed on and enlisted to the alumni association which provided service-
seekers a registry and form of outsourcing service for home and assistance care.
Most of the early nursing services were provided to those suffering from diseases that needed to
separate from the general population. This included tuberculosis, typhoid, and other social diseases
that could travel easily in large groups of people. The conditions, with earlier medicine, lasted for long
periods of time, requiring long-term service for recovery. As medicine improved, and it became easier
to get outpatient care, private nursing demand shrunk and scaled down in size.
In today’s industry, the primary patient tends to be someone which an acute, ongoing condition. This is
usually found in a permanently debilitated child or adult. Whether it be due to autism, genetically-
inherited diseases and conditions, or a severely-damaging accident, the private nurse provides the
necessary assistance for the patient to function from day to day. Private nursing is now even gaining a
foothold in maternity circles as an extra set of hands to help with specific infant newborn care and
mother recovery. Much of this new market is due to increasingly fragmented families unable to rely on
each other for this care any longer due to distance, age or other reasons.
Private nurses have a number of options available to them to enter the industry. The most obvious is
that they hire out on their own, as an individual service provider. Of course, this tends to rely on a large
background of experience, referrals, and good salesmanship to prospective clients.
Alternatively, private nurses can gain employment with clients through an outsourcing or assignment
agency. The difference with being a private contractor is that while the agency can find work faster for
the nurse, they also take a significant cut of the profits earned for their placement services.
Placement agencies are not all general services. Many are oriented on specific types of nursing or
medical assistance. As noted earlier, this can include maternity needs, child care and pediatric nursing,
or senior assistance and geriatric care. Agencies themselves can come all sorts of operations and
sizes. Some are stand-alone businesses, others are hybrids or units of larger medical providers. Even
others are part of a care center such as an assisted-living that branch out to increase their market of
clients.
These agencies expand their portfolio of services offered by also providing home services, friendship
and companion provision, cleaning, or other assistance that is not specifically medical in nature. So it’s
very possible a private nursing working through one of these companies could find themselves
providing services not specifically medical in nature.
Nurses who succeed and grow in their profession, regardless of working for an agency or as a private
contractor, are the ones who have the traits that make their jobs successful with clients. This includes
flexibility to changing conditions and demands, being able to laugh and find humor in things, an
understanding of culture and manners for proper behavior, and good people skills for relationship-
building. Further success is reinforced by skills in being creative, self-initiative, and independent-
thinking with only general direction from a client administrator.