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Developing a dedicated education unit in long-term care: a pilot project
Geriatric Nursing (2014)
  • Ruth Remington
  • Karen Devereaux Melillo
  • Lisa Abdallah
  • Lea Dodge
  • Jacqueline Dowling
  • Naomi Prendergast
  • Andrea Rathbone
  • Juliette Shellman
  • Cynthia Thorton
Within long-term care, the transitional care setting provides post-acute and short-stay rehabilitation to older adults, easing the transition between the acute care hospital and home or long-term care. The current nursing shortage makes it difficult for these facilities to attract and retain qualified nursing staff. In order to meet the rehabilitation needs for this patient population while at the same time addressing the challenge in nursing education of limited clinical placements and severe nurse faculty shortages, an academic-practice partnership was developed to establish a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU). The DEU is an innovative clinical education model in which experienced staff nurses serve as clinical teachers to nursing students. This paper describes the process of developing a DEU using the Partners in Caring Model as the framework. Formative and summative evaluation results and recommendations for program improvement of this pilot project are discussed.
  • Dedicated education unit,
  • Long-term care,
  • Transitional care unit,
  • Gerontological nursing,
  • Clinical education
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Ruth Remington, Karen Devereaux Melillo, Lisa Abdallah, Lea Dodge, et al.. "Developing a dedicated education unit in long-term care: a pilot project" Geriatric Nursing (2014)
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