School of Nursing Dedicated Education Units (DEU)
The Nursing Professional Practice Model for UTMB Health incorporates Lifelong Learning as an important component. In support of the model, UTMB Health Nursing Service and the School of Nursing continue to work collaboratively to enhance student's experiences with clinical rotations. Dedicated Education Units (DEU) are in development by a DEU Steering Committee, initiated in spring of 2012. The Committee includes nursing school faculty, nurse clinicians, educators, managers, students and directors. DEUs are committed (dedicated) to education activities that enhance clinical experiences for all stakeholders. Seven medical surgical units have been selected from John Sealy Towers and TDCJ for implementation in January 2013. The activities that set a DEU apart from traditional clinical rotations include:
- All stakeholders commit to principles of strong support and coaching.
- Students are aligned with a single home unit for all their clinical rotation experiences.
- Communication is open, improved and supported.
- Joint nursing service and faculty planning, careful scheduling, and communication are central to DEU success.
- All Nurse Clinicians complete the UTMB Health Preceptor CNE Program and are rewarded with CCAP points for participation as a DEU preceptor.
- All DEU unit staff complete a DEU program orientation and make a personal commitment to the DEU's success.