DEU Group at Children's Hospital.

CNHS Welcomes Children's Hospital Boston and Good Samaritan Hospitals as Partners in the Dedicated Education Unit Program

In the fall of 2010, two agencies approached CNHS expressing an interest in opening Dedicated Education Units in their hospitals as part of their ongoing efforts to promote quality improvement in nursing service, practice and education.

A DEU academic-service partnership began with Children's Hospital in January 2011, with an exciting opening celebration to announce and acknowledge the nation's first Pediatric Dedicated Education Unit.

The Children's Hospital DEU now provides a clinical education setting for 12 students in their 7th semester course NURS 435, Nursing Care of Children. Students will also be able to return to the nursing unit for their senior preceptorships as a DEU cohort.

And in February of 2011, the Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton, MA also celebrated the opening of their new Dedicated Education Unit. Good Samaritan Hospital provides an optimal learning environment for 6 students in their junior year taking NU 310, Adult Health Nursing, working closely with 3 staff nurses serving as the students' clinical instructors in this course, and again in their senior preceptorships.

Partners since January 2008: Partners Healthcare - Brigham and Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals

Implemented in January 2008, this academic-service partnership opened two DEUs after a year of planning, collaborating with the undergraduate nursing program's adult health nursing courses at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) and two nursing units at Partners Healthcare at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). This clinical partnership fosters a collaborative relationship allowing nursing education to inform nursing practice and patient care delivery and, in turn, nursing practice to inform nursing education through the dedicated education unit model.