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Dedicated Education Units (DEU) 2021 - Online CNE Course Series

July 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021

This online CNE course series is designed to provide organizations interested in implementing an innovative clinical nursing education model that builds student competence, socializes students to the role of the nurse and provides greater staff nurse satisfaction. The DEU model highlights an innovative academic practice partnership.

Session topics include overview of the DEU model, assessing readiness for change including stakeholder buy in, implementation strategies, and an overview of staff nurse education focused on working with student nurses.

This online CNE course series is blended learning with live facilitated sessions, enduring modules, and learner Q/A sessions with subject matter experts including academic nursing faculty.

Course Director: Denise Rismeyer

View the short video trailer below about this course series.

Target Audience

This online CNE course series is designed for Nurse Educators, Nurse Leaders, and Nursing Academia.

*This course is for non Mayo Clinic learners*

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe a dedicated education unit
  • Identify one change management strategy utilized for stakeholder buy in
  • Outline debriefing models and training for clinical nurse instructors and staff nurses
  • Develop an implementation plan for transition to a dedicated education unit
  • Create one method for evaluating implementation of a dedicated education unit


Attendance at any Mayo Clinic course does not indicate or guarantee competence or proficiency in the skills, knowledge or performance of any care or procedure(s) which may be discussed or taught in this course.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 11.00 ANCC
  • 11.00 Attendance
Event starts: 
07/01/2021 - 12:01am
Event ends: 
08/06/2021 - 11:59pm
Overview of Dedicated Education Units   Online module-complete at your own pace
Readiness for Change & Stakeholder Discussions

Live web stream
July 14, 2021
0930-1100am US Central Time

Implementation StrategiesOnline module-complete at your own pace
Learner Q/A Session 1

Live web stream
July 21, 2021
0930-1100am US Central Time

Debriefing Models & Clinical Nurse Educator TrainingOnline module-complete at your own pace
Evaluation of a DEUOnline module-complete at your own pace
Learner Q/A Session 2

Live web stream
July 28, 2021
0930-1100am US Central Time


This online CNE course series is presented via online recorded presentations and Zoom live web stream.

Course Director: Denise Rismeyer, MSN, RN, NPD-BC


Jane Foote, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE is the Program Director for the Midwest Nursing Academic Affairs at Mayo Clinic. She joined Mayo Clinic in 2018, after a 27 year career in Nursing education. She finds passion in her current role, focusing on expanding and learning deeply about the Dedicated Education Unit (DEU) as a model for transforming nursing education across the Mayo Clinic Midwest regions.  

Dr. Cyndy Jones is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Winona State University, as well as a Joint Appointment Faculty with Mayo Clinic, Midwest Nursing Academic Affairs. She is attributed with initiating the first ever dedicated education unit (DEU) clinical model at Mayo Clinic as part of her DNP program requirements. She has published multiple articles on the DEU model of clinical innovation. Jones has served as a DEU clinical faculty coordinator onsite at Mayo Clinic in the following settings: vascular surgery progressive care unit and radiology outpatient. Along with creating the role, Jones now serves as the DEU Coordinator at WSU, overseeing up to seven DEUs across multiple campuses and health care facilities.

Linnea Benike graduated from the University of Minnesota with her Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Innovations and Leadership in 2012, and completed her BSN at the University of Minnesota. Linnea is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota where she teaches and supports students in the BSN program. Linnea also holds a staff nurse role at Mayo Clinic, and is certified as a Progressive Care Certified Nurse. She has held various leadership roles in both ambulatory and inpatient care settings including roles in nursing quality and nurse management. She is passionate about quality improvement, patient safety, teamwork, and teaching innovations. Linnea is dedicated to exploring and utilizing best practices in undergraduate nursing education and has been involved in several initiatives to enhance teaching in both classroom and clinical settings. 


Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Statements
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this activity for a maximum of 11.00 ANCC contact hours.

Other Healthcare Professionals
A record of attendance will be provided to all registrants for requesting credits in accordance with state nursing boards, specialty societies or other professional associations.


Available Credit

  • 11.00 ANCC
  • 11.00 Attendance


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Cancellation and Refund Policy:

Request for cancellations must be submitted in writing to

If the cancellation is made prior to the start of the activity, a refund less an administration fee of $25 will be issued. If the cancellation is made after the start of the activity, no refund will be issued. Refunds will be made using the same method as the original payment.


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Required Hardware/software

A webcam and microphone is required for optimal attendance and participation in this online course series.