Private Duty Nursing

Vaccination Message: Governor’s Proclamation 21-14

This is to inform you that Proclamation 21-14 mandates certain providers to be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021.

DSHS has determined that this mandate applies to our nursing contractors and in order to retain your contract with DSHS and continue to provide services for DSHS clients you must be fully vaccinated by the above date.

A link to the full Proclamation is included below. In addition, the DOH FAQs may be able to answer questions you may have and we have included information on how to locate a place to get vaccinated.   

Proclamation 21-14

DOH Vaccination Requirement FAQ'S

Please continue to heed the directions of the nursing commission as it pertains to how this impacts your ability to practice under your nurse license.   

We appreciate your continued services in supporting our vulnerable population in a safe environment and will provide updates as they become available.

Thank you for your patience as we learn and adapt to address the emergency caused by the current pandemic.  

If you have questions, please contact us at

Private Duty Nursing (PDN) is a program that provides in-home skilled nursing care to Medicaid clients 18 years of age and over who would otherwise be served in a Medicaid Medical Institution (MMI). PDN is an alternative to institutional care.

The purpose of the PDN program is to provide community-based alternatives to institutional care for clients who have complex medical needs like ventilators, tracheostomies, feeding tubes or continuous IV infusions and require skilled nursing care on a continuous and daily basis. The PDN program is designed to support clients and their families who must assume a portion of the client’s care.

While some clients choose to seek care in an Adult Family Home setting others can be cared for in their own home or the home of a relative. The PDN program allows clients the option to remain at home so that they can stay connected with their families, their community and remain in the environment they feel is most familiar and comfortable to them.

Information for PDN Providers

Program Manager

Kaila O’Dell

Information for PDN Clients

Program Manager

Kaila O’Dell