RVNAhealth Adds In-Home Private Duty Nursing to its Service Lineup

A happy private duty nurse with a stethoscope talks to an elderly

RVNAhealth is excited to announce the addition of in-home Private Duty Nursing services to its existing suite of services.  With this introduction, RVNAhealth now provides in-home nursing services NOT covered by insurance.

Private Duty Nurses are available to serve patients across a range of non-covered medical services, including hands-on nursing care as well as consultative, advocacy, and training help.

Medical care services include such offerings as medication management, pre-pours, and administration, routine injections not covered by insurance, respiratory treatments, ventilator, trach, and feeding tube care, and elective procedure recovery, to name just a few. 

Private Duty Nurses can also assist patients ‘informationally.’  They can accompany patients to medical appointments — asking questions, collecting information, and providing feedback and guidance to families and loved ones.  They can provide education to patients and families, and train family caregivers on routine care needs.  For distant families, a Private Duty Nurse can act as a central point of contact, providing ongoing health monitoring, managing physician communications, offering professional insights and affording peace of mind that a loved one is being well cared for and well looked after.

“RVNAhealth added Private Duty Nursing to our roster of services in response to a clear need among our existing patients and clients,” explains Theresa Santoro, MSN, RN, CHCA, President & Chief Executive Officer.  “We were founded over a century ago on visiting nurse services and we offer skilled nursing at our Center for Exceptional Care in Ridgefield, so Private Duty Nursing was a logical next step. We have a wealth of nursing talent and resources at our fingertips and we are very happy to extend this expertise in new and necessary ways.”

A significant benefit of Private Duty Nursing is direct and convenient access to high-quality, personalized care at the time that it is needed. Because Private Duty Nursing operates outside of the realm of insurance, access to services can be immediate and flexible, offered in-home or at a patient’s facility, with no limitations on time or length of service. RVNAhealth Private Duty Nurses work directly with a patient’s physicians, ensuring a collaborative and individualized care plan. 

RVNAhealth Private Duty Nurses are employed by RVNAhealth as either Registered Nurses or Licensed Practical Nurses and all have access to the entire RVNAhealth suite of services and team, ensuring seamless care and transition between services if needed.  Private Duty Nursing Services are available to patients in-home and at facilities located in the 35+ Connecticut towns served by RVNAhealth.  RVNAhealth Private Duty Nursing was introduced on July 20, 2020 and resides within the RVNAhealth StayWELL category of services, all intended to help individuals remain safely in their homes.  

Leading the Way

Leading the charge of Private Duty Nursing at RVNAhealth is Christine Palmer, RN, BSN, CHPN.  With over 10 years of nursing experience and 2 years at RVNAhealth, Christine looks forward to applying her diverse nursing experience to help patients and their families.  

Christine joined RVNAhealth in 2019, working for the ComfortWELL team, most recently as a Hospice Nurse Case Manager and previously as an on-call and overnight hospice nurse.   She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from Western Connecticut State University and is a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN).  Christine is currently working on her master’s degree to become an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). 

Naturally drawn toward people, Christine began nursing as a second career with a desire to touch and improve the lives of others.  “I cherish the human connection.  Being able to provide physical and emotional care and guidance to help patients and families is what I love.  Patients put their faith and trust in me. I am privileged to have that, and I take it very seriously,” says Palmer. 

A resident of Danbury, CT, Christine has three children, and two grandchildren.  She is an avid traveler and has dual citizenship in the U.S. and Ireland.

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