DEU Philosophy

The Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) model of clinical teaching and learning in Canterbury is a partnership between two organisations, the education provider Ara Institute of Technology and the Canterbury health system. Collaboration allows practice areas to provide a more supportive clinical learning and teaching environment for students. DEUs are dedicated to supporting nursing students on clinical placement encouraging incidental and intentional learning modes, and peer teaching. The DEU is based on an Australian model and offers an alternative to the Preceptorship model to focus on student learning and curriculum integration. The following principles underpin the partnership between Ara School of Nursing and a DEU practice area.

Dedicated Education Unit  Principles

Shared responsibility and commitment to creating a learning partnership between education and practice.
Cooperation in an open and cooperative manner, share information, with meaningful consultation, networking, collaboration and support as the basis for the partnership.
Acknowledgment that each partner has different structures of accountably and each partner has the right as a separate entity to express their views independently.
Acknowledgment partnership relies on common vision and commitment from partners at every level to achieve the collective aims. In doing so, partners recognise decisions made within one organisation, indirectly affect the other, and neither can accomplish the combined purpose alone.
Management processes exist to monitor quality and report regularly to all partners regarding the outcomes of the partnerships.
Partners will demonstrate their commitment to each other and their mutual vision by adequately resourcing the partnership.

References
Brown, D., Clare, J., Edwards, H., & van Loon, A., 2003

Key Features of the Canterbury DEU Model

Practice area is dedicated to supporting undergraduate nursing students on clinical placement. 
Students placed in a DEU will be supported by two key roles, the Clinical Liaison Nurse (CLN), an Academic Liaison Nurse (ALN).
The CLN is a regular staff member of the practice area who has an interest in promoting and facilitating clinical learning for nursing students.
The ALN is a tenured staff member of Ara dedicated to a DEU practice area.
All staff working within the DEU practice area support teaching and learning opportunities for nursing students e.g. Registered nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Nurse Assistants, pool nurses, allied professionals and the medical team.
DEU staff are flexible and responsive to student learning.
Education and practice organisations support, value and recognise the contribution that staff make to student learning.
Students commence clinical placement with a structured orientation.
Allocation of patient load should be commensurate with student's skill and ability.
Patient/client allocation for CLN is taken into account by Nurse Manager.
CLN is the consistent person from DEU practice area who undertakes student clinical assessment and is a support for students and staff.
Quality of patient/client care is paramount.
Peer teaching and learning is encouraged and valued.
Commitment to evidence-based practice, undertaking collaborative research, research utilisation and quality improvement.
Staff committed to on-going professional development.
Teaching and learning are valued.
Relationships are open and feedback encouraged.
Acknowledgement that 'repetition' is essential for skills acquisition.
Learning occurs through direction and delegation.

 

 References

Brown, D., Clare, J., Edwards, H., van Loon, A. (2003). AUTC Phase Two Final Report. Evaluation Clinical Learning Environments: Creating Education-Practice Partnerships and Clinical Education Benchmarks for Nursing. Adelaide, Australia: Finders University.


Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology. (2015). Bachelor of Nursing: Student Handbook. Christchurch, New Zealand: Author.

 

Edgecombe, K & Bowden, M (eds). (2014) Clinical Learning and Teaching Innovations in Nursing: Dedicated Education Units Building a Better Future. Adelaide, Australia, Flinders University


Kegan, R. (1994). In over our heads: The mental demands of modern life. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.


School of Nursing and Midwifery. (2006). A guide to clinical practice. Adelaide, Australia: Flinders University.

 

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