Feature ArticlesDeveloping a Psychiatric Mental Health Dedicated Education Unit Student, Staff Nurse, and Patient ExperienceSchoening, Anne M. PhD, RN, CNE; Williams, Jacqueline MSN, RN; Saldi, Debra MS, RN, LMHP, NCCAuthor Information Author Affiliations: Associate Professor and Assistant Dean for Faculty Development (Dr Schoening) and Assistant Professor (Ms Williams), Creighton University College of Nursing; and Clinical Practice Coordinator (Ms Saldi), CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska. The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Correspondence: Dr Schoening, Creighton University, College of Nursing, 2500 California Plaza Omaha, NE 68178 ([email protected]). Accepted for publication: May 1, 2020 Published ahead of print: June 9, 2020 Cite this article as: Schoening AM, Williams J, Saldi D. Developing a psychiatric mental health dedicated education unit: student, staff nurse, and patient experience. Nurse Educ. 2021;46(2):106-110. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000875 Nurse Educator: 3/4 2021 - Volume 46 - Issue 2 - p 106-110 doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000875 Buy Metrics Abstract Background There is an urgent need to increase the psychiatric mental health (PMH) nursing workforce in the United States. The dedicated education unit (DEU) model may provide a creative solution to this need. Purpose The purpose of this study was to describe the student, staff nurse, and patient experience in a PMH DEU. Methods Thirty-three students and 7 staff nurses participated in focus group interviews. Sixty-one patients were asked to describe their experience with students in the PMH DEU. Results Students reported that participation in the PMH DEU helped in breaking the stigma surrounding mental illness. Staff nurses described the benefit of staying current and faculty presence. Both students and staff nurses identified teamwork and understanding the PMH nursing role as key themes. All patients reported positive interactions with students. Conclusions The PMH DEU is a potential strategy to provide students with a deeper understanding of the PMH nursing role. Copyright © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.