UB School of Nursing has Dedicated Education Units (DEU) 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 health care administrators, nurse clinicians and faculty to create an optimal and efficient learning environment for students.
In the DEU, staff nurses provide instruction for students. The university faculty'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 educate nursing students. In the DEU model, the students and the staff nurse share the same assignment. Having a staff nurse share her assignment with two students offers great opportunities for both teaching and learning to occur. It is also an opportunity for nursing staff to stay current on trends in nursing education and research and to be motivated in their roles as mentors and role models; it is also a way for faculty to remain grounded in current clinical reality.
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Contact the faculty below for more information.
Catherine M. Mann, EdD, RN, CNS, CNE
Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies; Clinical Associate Professor
216 Wende Hall
Linda Steeg, DNP, RN, ANP-BC
Clinical Associate Professor
219 Wende Hall