Patients who need (or want) more individual nursing attention than is usually available during a hospital stay can hire a private nurse, wrote Dr. Michael Warren in his It’s Your Health column. “The obvious advantage is that your private nurse will focus his or her attention on you and no one else. You can be pampered and given moral support; your family can enjoy peace of mind, knowing you are under constant observation, receiving individualized attention. But private nursing care is expensive. You can employ a private nurse for as few or as many hours as you wish as long as you can afford the hourly rates. … Remember, too, that a private nurse is not a hospital employee. You pay for this service personally, and payment is usually required ‘upfront,’ it might not be covered by your insurance carrier, and you could be faced with a huge out-of-pocket expense.”