Dedicated Education Unit: Enhancing clinical teaching and learning
This completed project examined the benefits to learners achieved by implementing a new approach to nursing placements – Dedicated Education Units (DEUs). The DEU model departs from the ‘one-on-one’ approach of traditional preceptor-based models by creating a collaborative teaching and learning environment across the ward. DEUs foster interaction and sharing of knowledge amongst learners and clinical staff, as well as having the practical benefit of reducing the workload on individual practitioners.
The research report considers the benefits of a DEU model, including the following key findings:
- The quality of the planning, welcome and orientation are key factors influencing student learning experiences.
- The roles of the Clinical Liaison Nurse, the Academic Liaison Nurse and the Charge Nurse Managers significantly impact on the success of a DEU
- Peer support and teamwork are key contributors to the success of a DEU, including student and staff interactions.
A practical guide to developing a dedicated education unit is also available.
This project was completed in May 2012.
- Nursing educators
- Health educators and professionals
- Practitioners interested in workplace learning/practicum placements
- Dr Willem Fourie (Project Leader), Manukau Institute of Technology
- Beverley McClelland (Project Leader), Counties Manukau District Health Board
- Doreen Mak, Counties Manukau District Health Board
- Derlys Jones, Counties Manukau Health Board
- Denise Kivell, Counties Manukau District Health Board
- Allison Lovelock, Manukau Institute of Technology
- Debbie Penlington, Manukau Institute of Technology
- Sheona Watson, Manukau Institute of Technology
$94,044 GST exc.
What's happened since
The DEU model has become strongly embedded in practice at Middlemore Hospital. A total of 9 units have now been established, with 4 more planned for 2013. The initiative has also attracted significant external interest, including from the Nursing Council of New Zealand, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation and the Waikato District Health Board.
More than 140 staff and students celebrated the success of these DEUs at an event in September 2012 at Middlemore Hospital.
A video from the launch.
- Deluger, A., Hindeshwar, S., Horn, E., Jones, D., Munro, C., Narayan, K., Rawiri, V., & Watson, S. (2009, June). Dedicated Education Unit. Poster presented at the Counties Manukau District Health Board ScienceFest Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Delugar, A., Watson, S., Horn, E., Jones, D., Narayan, K., Hindestwar, S., Rawiri, V., & Munro, C. Dedicated Education Unity: A Personal Account of the Academic Liaison Nurse and Clinical Liaison Nurse Experience. Poster presented at Opening Doors: Celebrating Nursing Research, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Fourie, W., & McClelland, B. (2009, November). Establishing a Dedicated Education Unit at Middlemore Hospital using Action Research. Paper presented at Opening Doors: Celebrating Nursing Research, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Fourie, W. & McClelland, B. (2013 July) DEU: Collaborating to support and enhance student learning. Presentation at the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia (HERSDA) Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.
- Horn, E., & Narayan, K. (2009, June). Dedicated Education Unit: A Personal Account of the Academic Liaison Nurse and Clinical Liaison Nurse Experience. Paper presented at the Australasian Nurse Educators Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand.
- Taylor, A., Nand, V., & Watson, S. (2010, April). The Lived Experience of Nursing Students in a Dedication Education Unit in New Zealand. Paper to be presented at the 3rd International Nurse Education Conference, Sydney, Australia.
- Fourie, W., & McClelland, B. (2011). Enhancing nursing education through dedicated education units. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
- Watson, S., Flotman, B., Fourie, W., McClelland, B., Kivell, D., Cooper, L., Williams, P., McDonald, S., & Whittle, R. (2012). A practical guide for developing a DEU. Wellington: Ako Aotearoa
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