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Clinical Learning and Teaching Innovations in Nursing

Dedicated Education Units Building a Better Future

  • Kay Edgecombe
  • Margaret Bowden
  • Offers unique, first-hand clinician, student, academic and management evaluations and experiences of Dedicated Education Units (DEUs)

  • Gives practical examples of the processes, structure and resources needed to develop and run DEUs in varied contexts

  • Blends pedagogy with the lived experiences of those working with DEUs in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and Sweden ?


Part of the Innovation and Change in Professional Education book series (ICPE, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Kay Edgecombe, Margaret Bowden
    Pages 1-25
  3. Laurie Grealish, Kasia Bail, Jo Gibson
    Pages 45-62
  4. Kasia Bail, Donna Hodgson, Alan Merrit, Jo Gibson, Jan Taylor, Laurie Grealish
    Pages 79-89
  5. Margaretha Ekebergh
    Pages 123-130
  6. Margaret Bowden, Anj Taylor, Vandhana Nand, Susan Randles Moscato, Jen Little-Reece, Thimitra Panteleon et al.
    Pages 143-182
  7. Kay Edgecombe, Margaret Bowden
    Pages 203-207
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-211

About this book


This book provides an in-depth insight into the Dedicated Education Units (DEU) clinical learning strategy. It shows how DEUs work and explains the concept, philosophy, principles, practical implementation and first-hand experiences of this ground-breaking, global work-integrated learning strategy. It presents the benefits of DEUs and offers insight into how DEUs can provide real options for solving the increasingly complex dilemma of providing more students with more experiences of hands-on practice while reducing costs and ensuring greater numbers of work ready graduates. The book serves as a reference for nurse student education and is particularly salient for those setting up a DEU. It can be used as a springboard for work-integrated learning innovations for all practice-based disciplines.

Dedicated Education Units (DEU) provide a flexible clinical learning strategy with a focus on founding principles and adaptation to different clinical contexts rather than a concrete model for clinical learning. DEUs are essentially clinical environments in which students develop a sense of security to explore learning opportunities, knowing there are people present who will ensure they do not make intractable errors; people who will guide and support them to achieve optimal learning. Whilst developed initially for nurse education, DEUs can be adapted to other professional learning settings.



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Editors and affiliations

  • Kay Edgecombe
    • 1
  • Margaret Bowden
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Nursing and MidwiferyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.School of Nursing and MidwiferyFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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