The ABCs of DEUs

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Direct care nurses working in healthcare facilities are often overwhelmed with the task of educating students. Today's nursing students experience a healthcare facility clinical rotation where they aren't always part of the patient-care delivery model. The student's caregiver role with the patient-care team isn't always well defined, and a consistent nurse/student relationship is difficult to achieve due to scheduling and varying patient-care needs. The direct care nurse isn't always prepared to assist nursing students with clinical learning objectives and mastery of clinical competencies.1 This is further complicated by the fact that staff members may work with multiple students over the course of one shift.