Dedicated Training Increases Nurse Recruitment and Eases the Nursing Shortage

Written by LeAnn Thieman, CSP, April 16th, 2013

For clinical training, most nursing students visit a medical facility with an instructor who assigns them patients to follow. This traditional approach can create disconnects between the students and the working nurses.

Some colleges and hospitals are using a new model called Dedicated Education Unit and it works like this:

As part of their requirements for a junior-level class, nursing students are assigned to a dedicated education unit for their clinical work. Their clinical instructors are nurses from that unit who are trained to work with the students. These nurses are assigned one or two students to work with for the 60 hours of clinical training the course requires. The students work a full shift with his or her nurse, 8 to 12 hours, including weekends and overnights.

This model gives students more individualized instruction, allows them to be more involved with patient care, and experience more of what a nurse’s shift work is really like.

Students get a better grasp of what nursing involves — not just giving medicine and changing dressings, but also interacting with patients’ families and doctors, and making real-time decisions.

Under the Dedicated Education Unit model, a university instructor no longer has to accompany students during their clinical hours. This allows the school to potentially enroll more students, which will ultimately help ease nursing shortages in the future.

This model also helps the hospital recruit nurses as potential hires. These students will require a shorter orientation period if they do hire on.

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One response to “Dedicated Training Increases Nurse Recruitment and Eases the Nursing Shortage”

  1. Lynnette Ball says:

    As a recent CNO at a large community Hospital that collaborated with a university for a DEU, the outcomes are endless. The satisfaction the students feel from the real life practice of working a 12 hour shift, caring for admissions and discharges, working with the same team each week and really being engaged in the working of the units is invaluable. We have to change not only the way we educate for hospital nursing but also the manner in which we prepare for community nursing. Health care is changing around us and we can not be left behind. Hospitals, universities and Boards of Nursing can work together to develop viable and successful models of education. The DEU is just one successful form of collaboration.

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