UB School of Nursing has Dedicated Education Units in numerous settings to provide a synergistic environment to best educate the next generation of nurses. We partner with numerous community health care organizations to provide the best clinical experiences for our students.
Based on innovative models originally designed at Flinders University in Australia and adapted by the University of Portland, the DEU model for clinical teaching is a partnership between healthcare administrators, nurse-clinicians and faculty to create an optimal and efficient learning environment for students. In the DEU, staff nurses are the instructors of the students and the university faculty member’s role is to work with the staff nurses to support their clinical teaching, facilitate transfer of classroom learning and assure the students’ achievement of expected learning outcomes. A central concept is the belief that the staff nurses’ educational role is vital to the development of students’ professional skills and knowledge. Built on mutual respect, open communication and collaborative relationships, the DEU is unique in that it is a partnered commitment to student learning.
The DEU concept utilizes staff nurses as clinical “teachers” to precept student nurses. In the DEU model the students and preceptor share the same assignment. Having a preceptor share her assignment with two students offers great opportunity for both teaching and learning to occur. It is an opportunity for nursing staff to stay fresh and motivated in their roles as mentors and role models, and a way for faculty to remain grounded in current clinical reality.