About NRS

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We began in 1946

as a co-op of nurses in a local hospital who coordinated to help their patients at home after discharge.


Over the decades, it has been our mission to serve the Northern Virginia community by bringing together professional independent care providers and those who want private home health care. Our purpose is to facilitate the choice to remain in the comfort of your own home by providing access to better nursing care than would otherwise be received in a facility — and doing so at a lower cost. We support the concept of consumer-directed care by empowering people to have a voice in matters affecting their health care.


Our job is to match you with a qualified caregiver who’s right for you. With more than 200 of the best independent care providers in the region, we are equipped to connect you to Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN), Registered Nurses (RN), and Personal Concierges who have passed our stringent, multi-level screening process. As a result, we register fewer than 4% of the nursing professionals who apply with our registry.

Nursing Referral Service personally interviews each applicant to ensure that our registry consists of only the top caregivers who specialize in homecare services. We verify each applicant’s state nursing licenses, certificates, training, work experience, and references. We also verify the identity and employment eligibility of each applicant, as well as a flawless criminal background check. Most importantly, we require that each applicant has at least a full year of experience and demonstrates a high standard of professional competence before registering with us. For your protection, every health professional carries professional liability insurance and is bonded through our company.

In addition to checking credentials and experience, we interview each caregiver in person to ensure that they are not only professional and reliable, but also have a warm, compassionate bedside manner and a dedication to patient health.

If cost is a concern, rest assured that using an independent care provider is the most affordable option in home care — and a nurse registry service such as ours is the safest way to find a trusted professional.

The result of our strict requirements is a collection of the top talent in Virginia. Each is a trained, experienced professional who genuinely cares about providing quality in-home care to individual clients. Caregivers on our registry are dedicated to providing one-on-one care in a private duty setting, whether at home, in a nursing home, or in a hospital.