Students at the UNLV School of Nursing will have more opportunities for hands-on clinical experiences this fall when The Valley Health System expands the Dedicated Education Unit program to a
Students in the DEU program partner with dedicated staff nurses each semester and assist in caring for the nurses assigned patients, according to a news release. Unlike other clinical programs that have instructor-to-student ratio of one to eight or more, the staff nurses in the DEU mentor one to two students.
The school and the system opened the first DEU during spring 2012 at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas. The second will open this fall at Spring Valley Hospital, Las Vegas.
These are the only DEUs in the state and both only are available to UNLV students.
The UNLV nursing program comprises four semesters of 15 consecutive weeks. Students in their second and third semesters spend one 12-hour shift in the DEU every other week. Students in their fourth semester may spend as many as three 12-hour shifts each week. School of Nursing faculty work with the staff nurses in the DEU to ensure the students receive the appropriate level of instruction
The system also has made a three-year gift to the university that will help the school hire one full-time faculty member who will focus on the DEU program.
Our partnership with The Valley Health System made the DEU a reality and helps better prepare future nurses for their profession, Carolyn Yucha, MSN, PhD, RN, FAAN, CNE, dean of the School of Nursing, said in the release.
The DEU program also provides hiring managers with a first look at prospective employees, and nurse leaders within the hospitals are able to recommend updates or improvements to our curriculum,
More than 250 nursing students, representing more than 25,000 hours of direct patient care education, have refined their skills in the DEU since it opened.