PPHC: Fighting for Private Duty Nursing Rate Increases

Wage Increase for Private Duty NursesProfessional Pediatric Home Care is dedicated to improving the lives of children with special medical needs. Our care is unique and effective – each child receives care that is tailored to them, in their own home, where the most benefit can be seen for the entire family.

We are also dedicated to improving the lives of the nurses who care for medically fragile children: Our nurses got to know their patients, caring for them daily and for their entire shifts. Unfortunately, Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN’s), make considerably less than nurses who work in hospitals. We work to raise LPN rates so that more nurses choose to provide in-home health care to children who desperately need it.

Minimal Raise in Rates Would Benefit Many

Private duty providers aren’t able to compete with the salary and benefit packages that hospitals provide. Because of this, there is a shortage of LPN’s who provide in-home health care to many children in the Denver Metro area. There are at least 28 kids who could come home from the hospital if there were more nurses able to provide care.

PPHC Fights for Raised Licensed Practical Nurse Wages

This past week, our Western Region VP for PSA Healthcare, Greg Abolofia, spoke to Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee, requesting nursing rate increases for private duty nurses. He provided information to the committee, illustrating that a minimal “bump” in LPN rates would allow many children to leave expensive hospital settings, and be able to receive personalized care in the comfort of their own homes. This is better for children, families, and nurses.

At PPHC, we fight for better care: For the medically fragile children we serve and for those providing the daily therapy and nursing across the state of Colorado.