How to Start a Private Duty Nursing Business

The nursing program is very in demand nowadays because the healthcare industry is always in need of healthcare professionals. If you are a nurse and just want to be your own boss, then you need to venture into the private duty nursing business.

This article will be your guide in making informed decisions with regard to this business.

The main job description of a private-duty nurse is to work with only one client at a given time to give healthcare in the home of the client, in the hospital, surgical recovery unit, rehabilitation center or in the nursing home. In order for you to run this kind of business well, you need to have the needed credentials as a licensed practical nurse or as a registered nurse. A nurse performing a private-duty can also work as a contractor who accepts assignments from placement agencies and staffing.

How to Start Your Own Private Duty Nursing Business

In order for you to know the requirements for admission, you need to contact the respective admission representatives of schools for vocational training, universities and local colleges. For you to be proved as a highly-credentialed individual who will start off with a private duty nursing business, you also have to submit high school and college transcripts. There are also schools which require you to pass their entrance exam before you get admitted into a bachelor or associate’s degree nurse program. In order for your educational path to be designed, you have to schedule a phone or in-person meeting with the respective admission representatives.

During the training, you need to select a specialty upon enrolling in the nursing schools. You also need to consider your strengths as a nursing and whether you can relate to an age group or not. The following healthcare services must be performed in your business: general-care nursing, post-surgical nursing, geriatric nursing and paediatric nursing.

In order for you to know the venue of the testing in your area, you need to email or call the medical licensing board of your state. You also need to make appointments in sitting for the National Council Licensure Examination-Registered Nurse or for the NCLEX-RN. Upon passing the NCLEX examination, you can already practice as a legal nurse.

Next, you have to know the necessary business licenses and permits which you need to get started in your private duty nursing business. Upon visiting the office of the secretary of state, you have to get the forms in order for your business to be registered. Since you will be dealing with healthcare services, you need to form your business as an LLC. This will be able to protect you from any possible lawsuit to be filed against you. If you think you need to have further assistance, the best thing you can do is hire a tax accountant or a business attorney.

After that, you need your business to be registered in the Medicare office to seek clients whom you will work by. Just like other kinds of businesses, you also need to advertise your private duty nursing business.


  • karen said on May 15, 2011
    I would like more information on starting a private duty nurse business.
  • LaTashia Harbor said on November 11, 2011
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I would like more information in starting a Pediatric Private Duty Nursing Business
  • dora howard said on December 23, 2011
    I am interested in starting my own non-medical private duty in home care services. I currently have an LPN license. Just wanted to know more info. I from St.louid MO
  • Roger said on January 1, 2012
    My Wife and I wish too start a Private Nursing Home.But only my Wife is a RN Nurs. Can I open our Nursing Home under my Name? If so, we would like to have more Information on how to get started. I from Koblenz, Germany
  • linda young RN said on February 5, 2012
    Waterloo, New York 13165. I want to start a private duty medicaid/medicare nursing in patients home
  • cree said on March 13, 2012
    I would like to start a private duty nursing business in CT.06514
  • c brown said on May 13, 2012
    private duty care provider, georgia. how to start a business
  • k.brown lpn said on June 25, 2012
    i would like to start my own private duty nursing bus in virginia 23502(hampton roads)
  • melissa said on August 15, 2012
    i work in fairfax in a nursing home i'm in the united states and dumfries va 22025.
  • Carole Walker said on August 23, 2012
    I am an LPN licensed in the state of Ohio, and I would like to start my own private duty nursing business. How do I go about it?
  • Uzma Ali said on February 6, 2013
    I am currently working for a Homehealthcare Agency and would like to do private duty on the side. I would like more information.
  • Tamara Green said on March 7, 2013
    I am trying to find out all of GAs requirements to working private duty with an individual.
  • Marlo Johnson said on August 30, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga, Nursing for 13 plus years, ready to take care of my elderly on my own.
  • Margaret Daire said on January 9, 2014
    Cottonport Louisiana, RN for over 13 years, please send information on Private duty nursing home/hospice business. Thank you.
  • Lawanda Chism said on January 27, 2014
    I live in Louisiana I have been a cna for over 15 years in I would like to start my own private sitting business as private pay how do I go by doing this in what kind of license
  • Renee G. said on May 22, 2014
    I am an RN in the state of Georgia. Would I be able to LLC my business as a private duty nurse? Or would I need to form an S-Corp? I will not have any other employees - just myself. Thank you
  • Loretta Brown said on September 6, 2014
    i am medication aide / CNA and i have one client as a Independent Provider and is ready to start my own private business in virginia.. I dont know how to get it started or who i should go to for training. Please send any information
  • Shaterica Belt said on September 8, 2014
    I am a LPN in Missouri and I would like more information please
  • Annette Thomas said on December 23, 2014
    I work for a home in care service, i would like information on how to start my own doing this.
  • Ivory Mitchell said on July 17, 2015
    I would like more information on starting my own company.. Please send me as much information as u can.
  • Stacey hulsey said on September 14, 2015
    I would like information on starting a respite Care business.
  • harmesh dhaliwal said on October 28, 2015
    i want to start private duty nursing business in california.
  • Teresa Stegall said on October 29, 2015
    I have been a CNA and Med Tech for many yrs I am state Licensed in VA. I would like to start my own small private sitter business, and I dont know where to start. Teresa
  • Christine Brown said on January 24, 2016
    I am interested in opening a sitting service people pets and houses. In Lafayette Louisiana
  • K.Woods said on November 8, 2016
    I am a Family Nurse practitioner interested in starting a non-medical private sitter service.
  • Zakiya R said on January 8, 2020
    Interested in starting my own CNA/PRIVATE DUTTY service.


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