Background Dedicated education unit
(DEU) clinical education models are an innovative, evidence-based approach to create effective learning environments for students. These models have been implemented primarily in acute care settings.
The gap between nursing education and clinical practice in rural health care settings is a growing concern, compounded by a nursing faculty shortage and decreased availability of clinical sites.
A descriptive study design was used to assess the outcomes of a DEU model of clinical practice with associate degree nursing
students in a rural primary care
clinic, using registered nurses (RNs) who were prepared as clinical nurse teachers.
Outcomes Associate degree nursing
students experienced the RN role in primary care
, worked with nurses who wanted to teach them, and improved their nursing skills.
The DEU model is a positive clinical teaching pedagogy for students and staff nurses.