Can Nurses Be Independent Contractors?

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Some nurses enjoy the flexibility that private home care offers them. Becoming an independent private duty nurse requires you to take the necessary measures to protect yourself and your patients, to be excellent at communicating with patients and their family members, and to possess relevant nursing skills for your patients' needs. Additionally, certain nursing practices cannot be performed without a physician's supervision/orders, so you will need to build solid working relationships with your clients' doctors.

Ensure that your nursing license and any certifications are current and in good standing. Create a resume that details your experience and include copies of your license and certifications to give to prospective clients.

Obtain liability insurance designed for independent health-care professionals, and consider becoming bonded. These financial sureties help protect you in the event of an accident or lawsuit.

Begin advertising your services through word of mouth, referrals from other health-care providers, or even taking an ad out in the paper or through an on-line classified service. Consider joining professional independent caregivers or nurses associations, as they often have job boards for members.

Consult with an attorney about drawing up a standard contract for use with your clients. Be sure to have the attorney look over any modifications you and/or your clients may make to the contract before signing it.

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