What its like being a Private Duty Nurse from a Nurse

Jessica Bissen loves going to school. She’s not taking classes, but she serves as a private duty nurse for three kids in the Omaha area. She spends one day a week with each of the children at their school, and sometimes at their homes.

“We are taking care of their medical issues foremost,” says Bissen, a registered nurse who works for the home health care department of the Children’s Hospital & Medical Center in Omaha. 

She hadn’t heard of private duty nursing before getting involved in it. But that seems to be a common denominator for many people, even those in the nursing world, she says. 

After working as a medical surgical nurse then a school nurse, she began working as a private duty nurse and never looked back.

“You really get to know the patient as a person, and they become family,” she says. “It’s not a job for everybody. You get to know these kids’ personalities, likes and dislikes and just their world.”

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