Total patient care is a nursing model where one nurse provides total care to a single patient or a group of patients during a shift. During that shift, all the patient needs are addressed by the nurse, and in some cases, the nurse issues care until the end of the patient’s medical needs. The nurse will have all the patient data on hand.

Since they are dealing with a single or a handful of patients at a time, they can respond promptly as needed. Patients also tend to respond more favorably to this type of care, mostly due to the level of trust developed throughout their interactions.