Primary Nursing at UW Hospital and Clinics
What is Primary Nursing?
Here at UW Hospital and Clinics and American Family Children’s Hospital, we use Primary
Nursing. One nurse will be your Primary Nurse. He or she will get to know you and work with
you to make up a care plan.
What happens when my Primary Nurse is not here?
When the Primary Nurse is off, another nurse, known as your Associate Nurse, will take care of
you. This nurse works with your Primary Nurse to make sure that your daily plan and plan for
your hospital stay is carried out. The Associate Nurse will also let the Primary Nurse, and the
entire team, know important things that happen during your stay. This way we make sure that
you are getting the best care. If both your Primary Nurse and your Associate Nurse are off, other
nurses will follow your care plan. They will make needed changes and will let the Primary Nurse
know how things go for you when she or he is gone.
How will Primary Nursing affect the care I receive?
Primary Nursing helps you and the nurses get to know each other better. It supports personalized
and family centered care. Let your nurses know what is important to you. This will help them to
take better care of you.
This model of nursing will provide you with continued care. The Primary Nurse, the Associate
Nurse, and the small team of nurses will become familiar to you. They can help you with your
health care needs.
My Primary Nurse is _________________________ Unit/Clinic________ Phone______
My Associate Nurse is ________________________ Unit/Clinic________ Phone_______
The Spanish version of this Health Facts for You is #7204.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
this information. If you have an emergency, please call 911. Copyright © 2/2016. University of Wisconsin Hospitals
and Clinics Authority. All rights reserved. Produced by the Department of Nursing. HF#6352