Private Duty Nursing (PDN) is:

PDN is skilled nursing care provided by qualified RNs and LVNs in the patient’s home or school.  Nursing shifts range from a few hours a day up to 24 hours a day depending on the patient’s level of need and insurance approval.  Nurses care for children with a variety of special needs, many of whom are considered medically fragile.  Ability HomeCare requires that all nurses pass strict competency tests to handle such skills as ventriculoperitoneal shunts (VP shunts), vagal nerve stimulators (VNS), pacemakers, oxygen equipment, apnea monitors, tracheostomies, ventilators, gastrostomy tubes, and feeding equipment.  Each child is matched with nurses who are trained according to his/her unique needs.

What happens during a shift?

Nurses provide care and teaching in neurological, cardiac, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and congenital areas.  During shifts they monitor the patient’s health and provide skilled intervention with the goal of keeping patients out of the hospital and safe and stable in their homes so they can maintain a balanced life and bond with their families. 

Qualifying Examples:

  • Premature Infants
  • Chronic Respiratory Disease
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheostomy/Ventilator Dependent
  • Neurological Deficits
  • Seizure Disorder
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Gastrostomy Tube Feeding Dependent Patients