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Private Nurse

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.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Nursing 
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.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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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 agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.