Quality by Design: The Hybrid Dedicated Education Unit (DEU)

Quality by Design: The Hybrid Dedicated Education Unit (DEU)

The hybrid Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) is an innovative method of clinical education for undergraduate nursing students. This presentation will discuss the DEU model and ways to implement similar models — specifically the hybrid DEU. This presentation will help you plan and design the optimal evidence-based clinical education change. Through detailed objectives, learners will be able to recognize the difference between traditional clinical learning environments and DEU models, examine the implementation process for the hybrid dedicated education unit, and identify ways to sustain an educational practice change.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the difference between traditional clinical learning environments and DEU models
  • Examine the implementation process for the hybrid dedicated education unit
  • Identify ways to sustain an educational practice change.


Stacy Fusner

Stacy Fusner, DNP, RN, is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Ohio State University, College of Nursing. She has more than 18 years of experience in higher education. Her current teaching responsibilities included health assessment and medical-surgical nursing in undergraduate nursing. Dr. Fusner teaches both in the classroom and clinically supervises undergraduate students in a variety of acute-care settings. Additionally, she implemented several medical-surgical hybrid Dedicated Education Units at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. As evidenced by her research, outcomes resulting from this evidence-based practice change foster a clinical culture that enhances collaboration among nursing academia and professional practice. Dr. Fusner serves on numerous committees at The Ohio State University, including as chair of the Program Evaluation Committee Ohio Board of Nursing focus, Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Undergraduate Studies Committee, and Undergraduate Admissions Subcommittee. Dr. Fusner has an extensive clinical background in occupational health, where she currently practices. Prior to occupational health, she practiced in acute-care settings. She holds certificates through the Drug and Alcohol Testing Industry Association (DATIA) as a certified professional collector, as well as the Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservation (CAOHC) as a certified Occupational Hearing Conservationist. Dr. Fusner serves on local community committees, Opioid Collective Impact Team-Muskingum County and Drug Free Muskingum Organization. She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Chapter; American Nurses Association (ANA); Ohio Nurses Association (ONA); Ohio Hospital Association (OHA); and Ohio Organization of Nurse Executives (OONE).