Trocaire College Partners with Catholic Health System to Establish Dedicated Education Unit

Trocaire College’s Registered Nursing program and the Nursing Staff at South Buffalo Mercy Hospital have joined in a Clinical Educational Service Partnership called a Dedicated Education Unit (DEU).

A Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) provides Trocaire College RN students an optimal learning environment.  Through the collaborative efforts of Mercy staff nurses, management, and Trocaire College RN faculty, the clinical setting is designed to provide students with a positive learning environment that maximizes the achievement of student learning outcomes.  This opportunity utilizes proven teaching/learning strategies, and capitalizes on the expertise of both the nursing staff and Trocaire RN faculty.  While the traditional approach of Trocaire’s clinical experiences assigns one Trocaire nursing faculty member to supervise and provide clinical education to eight students, the DEU model allows specially trained Mercy Hospital nurses to share their clinical experience and knowledge with one to two Trocaire student nurses, providing personalized attention and instruction.

“This newest Academic-Community partnership with the Catholic Health System will provide Trocaire students with a clinical experience that will help them make the transition from a student nurse to a graduate nurse,” stated Mary Ann Deb, RN, MS, MBA, Trocaire RN Clinical Coordinator.  Four Mercy Hospital staff nurses, Madonna Shriver, RN, Deana Lambert, RN, Sherry Rico, RN, and Britt Nowak, RN, will work directly with Trocaire RN students as both a coach and a mentor.

This partnership will provide an ideal learning environment for the next generation of nurses.  The DEU program is the first such effort involving a two-year nursing program and the Catholic Health System.

Trocaire College, founded in 1958 by the Sisters of Mercy of Buffalo, is a private college offering associate and baccalaureate degrees as well as certificate programs in hospitality, healthcare and technology.  Trocaire’s main campus in Buffalo is the hub for healthcare majors while the Russell J. Salvatore School of Hospitality & Business on Transit Road in Lancaster offers courses in hospitality, dietetic technology, human resource, computer networking and Trocaire’s newest program in Healthcare Informatics.