Impact of a Dedicated Education Unit Experience on Critical Thinking Development in Nursing Students

Video Author:Bittner, Nancy Phoenix PhD, CNS, RN; Campbell, Elizabeth MSN, RN; Gunning, Thomas MSN, RN

Published on:December 23, 2021

The dedicated education unit (DEU) is an innovative approach to clinical education, which uses clinical nurses with expert practice consistently in a competency-based experience. Participants (243 students with 179 non-DEU and 64 DEU students) completed the Nursing Executive Center's Critical Thinking Diagnostic Assessment tool before and after their clinical experience. There were significant increases in total pretest and posttest score means (p < .05) for the DEU (intervention) group. Results support the efficacy of the DEU model in developing critical thinking.