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Regis dedicates nurse education unit at Veterans Affairs HospitalDecember 13, 2016
Regis, a leading Catholic university in Greater Boston, is pleased to announce its collaboration with the VA Boston Healthcare System to implement a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) in the spinal cord injuries ward at the West Roxbury campus.
This initiative furthers Regis’ commitment to giving back to our nation’s veterans. The DEU is an educational model where VA staff nurses supervise and train students with the support of Regis faculty. This real-life clinical experience complements the classroom teaching and the skills gained in Regis’ cutting-edge simulation lab.
“The dedicated education unit at the VA hospital is a continuation of Regis’ excellent nursing program,” said Diane Welsh, dean of nursing at Regis. “The partnership between Regis and the VA has been very beneficial for both parties and increases student, faculty and VA staff interaction for the good of the patient. Regis is honored to work with our veterans and the nurses at the VA. We look forward to continuing this successful relationship.”
Regis first partnered with the VA in 2007 with the formation of the Northeast Region VA Nursing Alliance (NERVANA) along with 6 other Boston-area nursing schools. The partnership provides hands-on undergraduate education at Boston and Bedford VA facilities. In 2014, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) presented the Regis School of Nursing and all NERVANA member schools with its 2014 Exemplary Practice Partnership Award.
Alice Mui, a second year accelerated master’s student at Regis, has been at the VA for a year and a half. “The patients here always have great stories, and I’ve had one of my best experiences here,” she said. “Everyone at the VA is always kind, caring and giving to students.”
“The DEU of A2, the spinal cord injury unit at the VA, provides a culture of acceptance in the responsibility to educate student nurses,” said Joan Dorr, MSN, RN, ACNS-BC, nursing instructor at Regis. “The student nurses live the Nurse of the Future Competencies as they assimilate into this culture where they are accepted as team members in the care of veterans and their families.”
“I thoroughly enjoy our relationship with Regis faculty and its nursing students,” said Alicia Sullivan, VA nurse manager. “It’s such a wonderful opportunity for the nurses to be able to share their considerable knowledge with a new generation of nurses and very rewarding to see how much the student nurses grow from their first day on the unit to their last day here.”