School of Nursing celebrates partnership with Middlesex Hospital

Middlesex and Quinnipiac staff
Quinnipiac University and Middlesex Hospital celebrated the first anniversary of their Dedicated Education Unit with a June 20 luncheon in Middletown. From left to right: Lauren Boule, nurse educator, Chris Ann Meaney, nurse manager, Pam Forte, Quinnipiac clinical coordinator, Cathy Leary, Quinnipiac clinical instructor, and Dania Cabrera, assistant nurse manager.

July 2, 2013 - Quinnipiac University and Middlesex Hospital of Middletown celebrated the first anniversary of their Dedicated Education Unit with a June 20 luncheon at the hospital.

The School of Nursing and Middlesex Hospital recently completed the first year of a partnership that created a dedicated education unit that allows nursing students to work more closely with patients and staff nurses in a specific wing of the hospital.

"It went very well," Pam Forte, Quinnipiac's nursing clinical coordinator, said of the inaugural year. "We received feedback from the students who were on the unit and it was very positive. They felt that it was a very welcoming environment at the hospital. They felt like they were part of the team. Middlesex was happy as well."

Forte said a total of 47 Quinnipiac students participated in the partnership in the first year.

"We want to continue to build on the number of students we are able to rotate though the DEU," said Forte, adding that she would like to introduce graduate students to the program. "It's been a great partnership between the school and hospital."

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