Implementing a Virtual Team Model in the Acute Care Setting

Nurs Adm Q. 2023 Jul-Sep;47(3):249-256. doi: 10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000584.


Health care has forever changed in early 2021. Three years after the beginning of the COVID-19 world pandemic, we must seriously look at the role of the nurses and the model we deploy to ensure our health system's viability. In this article, the authors offer insights into the journey of deconstructing the nurses' role and planning for a Co-Caring Model where virtual and bedside nurses practice and unlicensed assisting personnel work as a team to care for those in need of health care. We also provide a list of actions for nurse leaders to consider. Finally, we aim to spark an international conversation on how we can bring back the joy of practice to ensure we create the best possible places to give and get care.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19* / epidemiology
  • Communication
  • Humans
  • Nurse's Role
  • Workforce