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DEU Wins Innovation Award

June 29, 2017 // Oak Point University

The Presence Holy Family Medical Center & Oak Point University Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) was awarded the National Association of Long Term Care Hospitals (NALTH) 2017 Goldberg Innovation Award. The award was presented on April 20, during the NALTH 2017 Spring Clinical Education & Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Assistant Dean, Curricular Initiatives in the College of Nursing, Nancy Reese, DNP, RN, CNE  managed the DEU pilot for the clinical education model and was in attendance at the annual meeting to accept the award. The Goldberg Innovation Award is given in recognition of an innovative process or technology that supports long term care hospitals.

A DEU is a unique instructional model where a nursing college (Oak Point University) and a healthcare delivery system (Presence Holy Family Medical Center) work collaboratively to provide students with immersion clinical experiences. The DEU model pairs two nursing students with a staff nurse (i.e. clinical instructor) to form a triad. This triad works together to support the patient care assignment of the clinical instructor. Oak Point University faculty work directly with the staff nurses and unit management to support best practices, outcomes management and unit-based research designed to ensure continuous quality improvement. Oak Point also offers mentoring and support to improve the staff nurses’ abilities to provide quality education to the students paired with them.

To learn more about the success of the DEU, read page 6 of the National Association of Long Term Hospitals’ Summer Newsletter. 


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