Implementation of a Dedicated Education Unit Model for ADN Students in a Rural Primary Care Setting

Ellen Goslee, Sherry Chesak, Diane Mc Nally Forsyth, Jane Foote, Silas Bergen

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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. Problem 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. Approach 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. Conclusions The DEU model is a positive clinical teaching pedagogy for students and staff nurses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-101
Number of pages5
JournalNurse Educator
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2020


  • associate degree nursing
  • clinical nursing education
  • dedicated education unit
  • primary care
  • rural nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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