The Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) is an innovative, clinical environment, which requires the engagement of all the staff to provide the students with the best setting for clinical learning. Core values of the UB DEU model, mutually agreed upon by the clinical partners, are: flexibility, interdependence, mutual respect, and shared goals.
The DEU is a service partnership model for providing clinical nursing education for undergraduate nursing students in a clinical setting that is developed to provide an optimal teaching/learning environment. This is accomplished through the collaborative efforts of: nurses, health care team members, management, and faculty. The DEU is designed to provide students with a positive clinical learning environment that maximizes the achievement of student learning outcomes by using proven teaching/learning strategies and by capitalizing on the expertise of both clinicians and faculty. Students are integrated into the workplace in a way that allows them to be an integral part of the workflow and culture, so they experience a realistic picture of nursing practice. At the same time the DEU provides an opportunity for clinicians 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.
The University at Buffalo School of Nursing has dedicated educational units in a number of clinical partner sites including: the Catholic Health System, the Erie County Medical Center, Hospice Buffalo, Kaleida Health and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
The DEU model provides a win-win-win-win environment for the Student Nurse, Clinical Faculty, the DEU Nurse/Clinical Expert and the Healthcare System. Based on the notion that - “it takes a village to raise a Nurse,” the DEU model requires collaboration between the University Faculty and our Healthcare Service Partners. Students have noted, - “All the staff want me to be successful,” and - “I feel like a member of the team.”