School of Nursing

School of Nursing, Summerlin Hospital First in State to Create Innovative Mentorship Program

Posted: January 26, 2012

A nurse at Summerlin explains medication procedure to a UNLV student nurse.

LAS VEGAS- UNLV and Summerlin Hospital Medical Center are taking an innovative approach to clinical nursing education by allowing students more time with bedside nurses in the hospital setting. The program is the first in Nevada and only one of 19 in the United States.

The Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) program teams UNLV nursing students with Summerlin nurses, offering students an opportunity to improve patient care and learn directly from a nursing mentor. The method also is beneficial to nurses and patients because it gives nurses an opportunity to share their expertise and have an active role in what students learn.

“This is an excellent way to educate the next generation of nurses and keep nursing staff fresh and motivated in their roles as mentors and role models,” said UNLV nursing professor and project lead Trisha Gatlin. Gatlin developed a similar program while at the University of Portland.

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