Dedicated Education Units at Research College of Nursing
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Dedicated Education Units at Research College of Nursing


The dedicated education unit, often
called the DEU, is a unique model of clinical instruction where the nursing
school Research College of Nursing has partnered with Research Medical Center, a
hospital, to provide a clinical instruction for the students. I think
what makes it unique is that the students are partnered one-on-one with a
staff nurse an expert at the bedside to provide their clinical instruction. The consistency that exists by having one clinical instructor for the student is
profound. It builds that trust. It allows for for the student to be able to say, “I really would like to learn this more” or they don’t feel that they can’t say
something that they feel they have a weakness in it or they need more
knowledge in something. I feel that Pat guides me in every aspect of my learning She gives me the confidence to go in and work with a patient she lets me know
that I’m not gonna hurt anyone it’s a very mentor and loving relationship. It’s something you can’t beat in the DEU program. -In the dedicated education unit
the faculty at Research College of Nursing serve as the clinical faculty
who collaborate and work closely with a Clinical Instructor who is the staff
nurse at Research Medical Center. This model allows for the faculty to continue
to serve as the expert educator while the staff nurse serves as the expert
clinician. -So it’s a team effort between the three of us so that at the end of
that clinical experience the student can walk away and feel like they’ve gained a
lot of knowledge and they’re almost like a new person as a nursing student. – The student learning that occurs in the DEU really can be considered exponential
because they’re forming this partnership with the staff nurse or the clinical
instructor that lasts over an entire semester the students feel that they’re
in a position to try new things because they’re less afraid they know that
they’ve got their Clinical Instructor there as their teacher role model and
coach to support them throughout this process. – The best part about the DEU
program you get that full clinical experience In a regular normal
clinical you don’t have the opportunity to enjoy, you know, just the one nurse. You come into a shift, you get a different nurse every day. You don’t see the whole scenario of the shift. You stay for six to eight hours and then you go home whereas during DEU program you get to experience a full shift. From shift report all the way until you go home after maybe charting or shift report
at the end of the day. – The DEU program is available to any nurse who has the desire to share
their knowledge and skills with a nursing student to help them gain
that confidence and one day maybe work for us at the hospital. There really
aren’t words to describe what the experience has done for me personally
and professionally. I have students that still contact me and those things are
indescribable. And it’s just something that you can’t wrap up. You can’t draw a
picture about it. But it’s something that’s very fulfilling [instrumental music]

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