Nurse staffing models vary by healthcare setting and employer guidelines. Patient health care needs and settings are different, so staffing models also vary depending on situations. An effective staffing model considers all essential factors.

Nurse Staffing Models

Some states in the US determine the number of patients per nurse depending on the specific setting. In addition, they involve nurses in policy-making and staffing committees. Each nursing model is responsible for patient care in different ways as per particular criteria. Some models assign nurses to take care of all patients in groups while others take care of patients individually.

Patient-Centered Care

In this model, patient satisfaction has been studied to indicate an increase in such. Here a person’s values and preferences are essential components. 


Nurse staffing provides nurses based on the intensity of care required per the patient’s condition. This process links to clinical judgment to estimate the level of intervention necessary for the patient, including medical diagnosis, the severity of symptoms, and so on.

Primary Nursing

In this model, the staff assigns a nurse to a patient based on the patient’s care duration, like inpatient hospital admission. Here registered nurses take care of the patients assigned to them.

Team Nursing

It includes an RN “teamed” with another RN, LPN, and unlicensed assistive personnel. This model includes nurses with a mixed skillset to take care of patients in groups.

Modular Nursing

In this model, the focus is on the patient’s geographic location for staff assignments. The same team/group/module is assigned to the same location.

Total Patient Care Delivery Model

It is the opposite of team nursing. It is another term for patient allocation. In this model, the staff assigns registered nurses to a group of patients during the shift.