Manatee Memorial Hospital Opens a Dedicated Education Unit for Nursing Students

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Manatee Memorial Hospital Opens a Dedicated Education Unit Nursing Students

Manatee Memorial Hospital is pleased to announce that the first Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) for nursing students in the area has opened on its Medical/Surgical floor. State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota is collaborating with the hospital on the first group of nursing students.

The DEU at Manatee Memorial Hospital will provide a welcoming culture and consistent environment that will enable nursing students to learn with comfort and familiarity alongside our staff. This will foster better scaffold skills and help these students more easily connect theory to practice. The nursing students will be assigned to the DEU for the entirety of their clinical experience. Those who successfully complete the DEU clinical pathway will have an opportunity to be employed at Manatee Memorial Hospital. They will also become clinical mentors for the next group. This approach is used in many parts of the country with much success.

Staff from State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota will identify students in good academic standing with a geographic commitment to the Bradenton area and an interest in possible employment with Manatee Memorial Hospital to be part of the program. They will also provide a Clinical Faculty Coordinator who will develop consistent clinical day scheduling for initial and subsequent students as they move through the curriculum supporting the DEU model and goals.

“We are pleased to offer this innovative approach that will combine the resources and talents of our nursing staff with their academic nursing program at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota,” stated Dr. Candace Smith, Chief Nursing Officer at Manatee Memorial Hospital. “This clinical experience of being on the unit, working side-by-side with our nurses, will provide these students with the optimal training and experience in patient care.”

For additional information, please contact Vernon DeSear, Vice President, Manatee Healthcare System, at 941-745-7306 or vernon.desear@mmhhs.com, or Betty Chambliss, Director of Marketing and Communications, at 941-745-7545 or betty.chambliss@mmhhs.com.