|Overview:||Private nurses negotiate contracts to provide nursing care for patients in the patient's home or patient care institutions. They administer medication, treatments and assess and monitor patient's vital signs. Confers with and advises the attending physician about patient's status.|
|Duties:||Negotiate and enter into a private contract to provide nursing care to individual patients who are in a hospital or at home. They implement treatments prescribed by the attending physician.
In home services, they administer any emergency procedures needed to counteract patient set-backs and advise developments to physician.
Advise and inform patient's family of conditions needed to improve the patient's status. They often specialize in fields such as obstetrics, psychiatry or more recently, AIDS.
Assist patients with recovery or health maintenance activities such as exercises or use of equipment and prosthetic aids. They administer medication, take specimens and measure vital signs.
A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Nursing
|Job Outlook:||Employment of private nurses is expected to grow faster than average through 2018. Employment in home healthcare is expected to increase in response to the growing number of older persons with functional disabilities, consumer preference for care in the home, and technological advances that make it possible to bring increasingly complex treatments into the home.|
|Salary Range (National Average):||$32,000 to $38,000|
|Education Level:||Training for this occupation generally requires an Associate Degree from a 2 year or community college.|
|Additional Training/Education:||All states require graduation from an accredited nursing school and passing an examination to become licensed. The educational paths to nursing are a two-year associate degree, or a four or five year B.S.N. program in a college or university. A B.S.N. offers greater promotion potential.|
* National data collected by the Department of Labor in 2014 with projections through 2024. For New York green job information .
Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreementswith other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.