Dedicated Education Units (DEU) may be one strategy for staff development educators to address new graduate nurse transition to practice and turnover within the first year of practice. This qualitative study explored the experiences of students and staff nurses from the inaugural DEU at Research College of Nursing and Research Medical Center. The themes identified suggest that students who were educated in the DEU model may be better prepared to practice in the “real world” of nursing than their peers who were not.
Rebecca Saxton, PhD, RN, CNE, is Professor and Director of Academic-Clinical Practice Partnerships, Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Missouri.
Lynn Warmbrodt, PsyD, RN, is Professor and Graduate Program Director, Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Missouri.
Sue Mahley, MN, RN, WHNP-BC, CNE, is Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Clinical and Faculty Resources, Research College of Nursing, Kansas City, Missouri.
Darinda Reberry, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, Western Missouri Medical Center, Warrensburg, formerly of Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
Pauline McNeece, RN, MSN, CCNS, is Director of Clinical Excellence, Research Medical Center, Kansas City, Missouri.
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationship with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.
ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Rebecca Saxton, PhD, RN, CNE, Research College of Nursing, 2525 E. Meyer Blvd., Kansas City, MO 64132 (e-mail: Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org).