Private Duty Or Not?

Philippines
September 13, 2008 11:49am CST
Greetings everyone. I was wondering if we had any nurses or retired veteran nurse here at myLot, but of course this discussion is open for all. I do want to learn much about private duty nursing and I was hoping to read some stories or responses. I'm planning to take up private duty for a post kidney transplant client. I was wondering if anyone would care to share their experience on this. So let me start off by asking do you prefer private duty nursing or hospital based nursing?
1 response
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
13 Sep 08
huh, what a small world.. so you are a nurse..!!! me too (12yrs tops but not yet retireable!!). both of them have their own advantage and that would depend on your preference and what suits your personality and what you want to achieve. if you are a newbie, i would suggest you take up hospital based training or work than PDN. although PDN is less stressful but your vision is so narrow that you're going to concentrate with just one case the whole time. whereas, in hospital you'll gonna see anything and handle different case everyday and that would help you develop your assessment strategy and time management, familiarize yourself to different disease and illnesses. but as for the meantime, i know the condition in hospital, you can take a shot on it but don't make it as your career and always look for an opportunity to spread your wings in hospital based training or work.
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
Wow its nice to finally find a veteran nurse here. Well I have to agree with you that for beginners like me may need to work at the hospitals first, but sadly that is not an option here in our country. You are still here in the Philippines aren't you? Well there is an over population of nurses and most hospitals are either not hiring or wants to get paid before they "train" the young nurses but there is still no assurance that they will hire you after your "training" period. Furthermore other industries are just looking for experienced nurses and doesn't really want hire new ones. I thought of taking up my masters as well but the schools wants a nurse that has some hospital experience before they accept you. I am left with traveling overseas and private duty nursing as my options and that is why I plan to be a PDN for a post kidney transplant client. As you have said we shouldn't let ourselves stay in hospitals for long because we will be limiting ourselves, but do you think jumping on an opportunity like PDN is wise? I know we never really run out of options and opportunities, but being a nurse her in our country seems to be just that. Well anyway I'm still not a hundred percent sure that the family will accept me as a PND since I have no hospital experience, but for now I'm really looking forward to it.
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@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
14 Sep 08
not there anymore, i left abroad december 03 and went back there twice for vacation. i came to know the situation there coz i've been active in the friendster forum, its called "filipino nurses". here's the link if you're not a member yet. http://www.friendster.com/group/tabmain.php?gid=6161 i presume that you are not a member there yet, you should have recognized me if you are. going back to your concerns, that is always the down side when there's an over saturation of graduates and if they won't control it but that's not in their minds right now. even you don't have any hospital experience but as long as you know how to sell yourself to the relatives then it's a sure win for you. be assertive, show confidence when dealing with them, let them know that you know and have enough knowledge of your case and that you know how to take care of your patient specially when an emergency occur. lastly, don't be over confident as well, just be yourself and apply what you have learnt way back in college days and in your clinical rotations. this is another opportunity for you to focus on your review for foreign exams specially NCLEX. while you are still waiting for opportunities abroad, make use of the waiting time wisely.