Released on November 16, 2023

Launched this fall, new dedicated education units at Pegasus Partners AdventHealth and Orlando Health are strengthening the front line to improve the health of the community.

Two female UCF College of Nursing students in black scrubs practice clinical care on a mannikin in a skills lab

On any given day in any given Central Florida hospital, it’s typical to see UCF College of Nursing students in their signature black scrubs taking part in clinical education.

What’s uncommon is for these students to pair with trained hospital nursing staff instead of UCF’s faculty instructors. That’s what happened recently for six weeks when a group of 30 undergraduate UCF students participated in a new kind of clinical rotation called dedication education units, or DEUs, at AdventHealth East Orlando and Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC).

The DEU model is gaining in popularity across the U.S. for its proven benefits to nursing schools and healthcare organizations — and ultimately benefiting the community.

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