What Is Private Duty Nursing?
Rather than working in a hospital or other traditional medical center, private duty nurses provide long-term skilled care to patients in their homes. In fact, historically, private duty nursing (PDN) preceded the modern medical nursing system. Today, these professionals empower clients to receive care where they live rather than in a medical institution, which allows patients to enjoy a more natural and fulfilling quality of life.
Private duty nurses can specialize in care for various kinds of clients, including elderly patients, veterans, patients with severe medical conditions, or patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDDs). They provide one-on-one care and may use specialized medical equipment. They may also administer medications, assess changing medical needs, and create treatment plans.
The Positive Impacts Private Duty Nurses Make
Private duty nursing professionals can make enormous and far-reaching positive impacts for patients, their families, and communities as a whole. Here are some of the ways they change lives for the better:
Keeping families together. Enabling clients to live comfortably at home allows them to stay connected with their families in an organic way. It also allows parents and siblings to focus on their normal roles and provide a supportive environment without the added burden of nursing responsibilities.
Reducing stress and improving peace of mind. The services private duty nurses provide go a long way toward relieving worry for parents and caregivers, who aren’t medical professionals and may be unsure if they’re doing enough. Offering peace of mind and reducing stress allows families to enjoy better health and a better quality of life.
Allowing parents to keep their jobs. It can be virtually impossible for parents and caregivers to hold down a full- or even part-time high-quality job while also caring for a dependent family member. Having a private duty nurse at home allows adult household members to devote more time and attention to their careers, which ultimately results in more income and financial stability for the entire family.
Supporting community integration. Offering work-life balance to patient parents and caregivers additionally makes it easier for them to get stable patients (such as those with intellectual or developmental disabilities, or IDDs) out of the home more often. Spending more time in public places and at community events helps to normalize interactions between typically abled and neurodiverse individuals, fostering a more integrated society.
Make a Real Difference With Progressive Lifestyles
Progressive Lifestyles, Inc. is dedicated to providing innovative support services for people with disabilities. Our mission is to provide supportive and caring residential opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout Oakland County, Michigan.
A primary focus of our organization is to interact with the individuals we support through the “Culture of Gentleness” model. We seek to create a positive environment to help them feel safe and valued while maximizing praise, limiting demands, maintaining consistent structure, and reducing stress during transitions.
We are hiring private duty nurses! Joining the Progressive Lifestyles, Inc, team as a private duty nurse could make all the difference for your career satisfaction and work-life balance. Whether you're looking for a full-time schedule or just hoping to pick up a few extra hours, we would love to chat about the possibilities. Apply now!