Perioperative interprofessional Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) – Pilot
This project is an initiative from the Collaborative Nursing Development Unit (MIT and CMH), Counties Manukau Health, Building Capability – Ko Awatea and the University of Auckland.
The project aims to evaluate the benefits of an Interprofessional Dedicated Education Unit in the Perioperative setting at Middlemore Hospital and Manukau Surgery Centre. Manukau Institute of Technology (MIT) and Counties Manukau Health (CM Health), through their Collaborative Nursing Development Unit (CNDU), piloted the DEU concept at Middlemore Hospital in 2009. Ako Aotearoa - National Project Fund, supported the research and the money was used to evaluate the development and establishment of the DEU pilot sites.
The initial pilot project IN 2009 demonstrated both the ability of the DEU model to support undergraduate nursing students with their learning as well as the suitability of the DEU as an ongoing undergraduate clinical education model. As a result of this study, DEUs have been established across most services in CMH, where the concept has proved to be successful through providing a supportive environment to grow undergraduate nursing students into registered nurses for the future workforce.
The need for improved teamwork and collaboration amongst healthcare professionals has placed the educational preparation of healthcare students under the spotlight. Current efforts to improve education are focussing on enabling undergraduate students from a variety of professions to learn together with the intent that this will assist them to work together collaboratively in the future. Interprofessional learning has benefits that include assisting students to communicate with other disciplines, to better understand teamwork, their professional roles and the roles of others.
The DEU concept has provided a proven clinical education model in which to encourage collaborative, interprofessional learning.
Objectives for the IP DEU Model:
Support interprofessional learning for students (Nursing and Medicine) in the peri-operative setting.
Support IPL and collaborative practice through shared learning opportunities for students and staff in this DEU and socialisation of students from different disciplines.
Explore potential to include students from other disciplines in this setting, such as anaesthetic technicians.
Dr Willem Fourie - Manukau Institute of Technology
Maria Vitas -The University of Auckland
Victoria Crisp - Counties Manukau Health
Jackie Reid - Counties Manukau Health
Alex Zivaljevic - Manukau Institute of Technology
Sharon Rydon - Manukau Institute of Technology
Kusum Narayan- Manukau Institute of Technology
Report available on project completion
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