Models of care choices in today’s nursing workplace: where does team nursing sit?
Fairbrother, Chiarella, M & Braithwaite, J 2015, 'Models of care choices in today’s nursing workplace: where does team nursing sit?', Australian Health Review, vol. 39, no. 5, pp. 489-493.
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This paper provides an overview of the developmental history of models of care (MOC) in nursing since Florence Nightingale introduced nurse training programs in a drive to make nursing a discipline-based career option. The four principal choices of models of nursing care delivery (primary nursing, individual patient allocation, team nursing and functional nursing) are outlined and discussed, and recent MOC literature reviewed. The paper suggests that, given the ways work is being rapidly reconfigured in healthcare services and the pressures on the nursing workforce projected into the future, team nursing seems to offer the best solutions.