This report presents a summary of a collaborative research project undertaken by the Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology (CPIT) School of Nursing and the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) to enhance the experience of pre-registration nursing students in clinical placements during the Bachelor of Nursing programme. The project was undertaken to address issues surrounding the quality and nature of clinical experience in environments where high levels of patient acuity, staffing shortages and changes have become commonplace. As a result a different approach to clinical learning was trialled based on the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) model developed in Australia. The results of that trial are documented in this report. Over-arching themes of supporting clinical learning and relationship building were identified.
Jamieson, I., Hale, J., Sims, D., Casey, M., Whittle, R., Kilkenny, T.
Jamieson, I., Hale, J., Sims, D., Casey, M., Whittle, R. & Kilkenny, T. (2008). Establishing dedicated education units for undergraduate nursing students: Pilot project summation report. Christchurch, New Zealand: CPIT Publishing Unit.