- “I wish all my clinicals had been like this.”
- “I feel so much more capable than I ever have after a clinical rotation.”
- “This clinical did more for my confidence than any other I’ve had. I feel ready to take on whatever nursing has to offer.”
- “I felt much less anxiety than in other clinicals. My nurse really encouraged me and let me do things more independently because she knew I could.”
- “I’ve never had nurses who were so encouraging. Like the night we had that code and they just grabbed us and made us do chest compressions. I will never forget how nervous I was, but they were right there helping me.”
- “The DEU experience enabled students to have a better understanding of the total nursing experience. By the end of the experience they were caring for 3 patients and had more practice with time management and delegation, something they were unable to do when the faculty member was covering all 8 students.”
- “Mentoring of the CSIs was an opportunity to help them grow in their professional and peer relationships. Helping them to understand how to work with someone who is anxious gives them a broader perspective of ‘how to be’ with others.”
- “I have worked with students in the ICU for over 20 years. While they always progress to a point that I believe makes them ready for independent practice, I believe the DEU experience took these students well beyond the level of preparation I have ever seen. These students are going to practice with a much greater confidence, skill level, and critical thinking ability than ever before.”
- "Having the same students every week helps me support and develop the weaker students. I know what they know and I know their personality so that I can be a more effective teacher."
- "Because I know the students better, I feel more comfortable involving them in clinical decisions. I don't just answer their questions and give them direction. I ask them 'What do you think we should do.'"
- "I can challenge the students more...I know what patients they've had in prior weeks so I know what they're capable of doing."
- "Normally in ICU, I wouldn't have students care for 2 patients. But, because I know these students better, I might tell one student to take report on both of my patients so that they can organize and prioritize care for 2 patients. Of course, I can do that only when I have one student [because the other student is in an alternate experience]."
- “This is an opportunity for us that’s unlike anything else we’ve done before.”
- “We’ve had a very positive response from the staff who served as CSIs. We’ve seen a different attitude among the rest of the nurses on the unit [those who did not serve as CSIs].”
- “It would be great if we could expand this project more quickly and involve additional units.”