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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148280
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Homeless, not helpless, in Seattle
Abstract:
Homeless, not helpless, in Seattle
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2001
Conference Date:November 10 - 14, 2001
Author:Jacobson, Grace, PhD
P.I. Institution Name:Idaho State University
Title:Associate Professor
The homeless are a growing community of concern, not only to nurses but to all involved with health. Found in small towns as well as high population cities, some gather in groups, others are solitary. All are individuals. Care needs are basic: food, shelter, medical and dental provision, security and love. Survival in any holistic sense requires all. Reality of obtainment varies drastically across our country, as does a modicum of welcome, acceptance and help. Dignity, self assurance, a sense of balance seem apparent in the man portrayed in this painting. Fortified against the chill Washington air, his body seems compressed by at least four bulky layers of faded, worn clothes, an overlarge, perhaps newspaper stuffed cap . . . and a sack, to tote his worldly goods. Tape secures his pant legs from drafts. Pausing outside a church he squints against the sun, facing the photographer with composure. “How is your day?” he asked. And, “yes, you may take my picture.” He did not act offended nor angry, defensive nor ashamed. He did not strike a pose, she did not request it. “I asked to take his picture because I thought he looked like Santa Claus” my daughter said. “He was nice to talk with, although we didn’t say much”, “And then we went our separate ways”. A human interaction, with mutual respect. Isn’t that what we should be about? And if we can help provide for needs, shouldn’t we? Individually, as a group, through legislative activity in our nursing organizations . . . in our communities and out country. This picture provides a reminder of needs, but also of strengths. Church is a symbol of compassion often a provider of food, for body and soul. The sun is bright and throws shadows: of a cross… one to bear or one to guide? A crown of thorns almost is clear across his chest… or is it smudge and wear? The body shadow… bowed in supplication, or hung in despair? We make of shadows what we wish. But for the man and so many others like him, we must open our senses to recognize how and where we can assist. He is homeless, not helpless not hopeless. He is a fellow human from whom we can learn and with whom we can share. I am on the governing board of the Pocatello Fire Clinic. We care for an increasing number of homeless families. I try to convey to my students the awareness of these people, very much a part of our communities. Their needs are often profound, the challenge to meet them may be overwhelming… but, the heart of the need is respectful, humanistic recognition which nurses are morally obligated to provided in every client/patient interaction.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
10-Nov-2001
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHomeless, not helpless, in Seattleen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148280-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Homeless, not helpless, in Seattle</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2001</td></tr><tr class="item-conference-date"><td class="label">Conference Date:</td><td class="value">November 10 - 14, 2001</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Jacobson, Grace, PhD</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Idaho State University</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">jacograc@isu.edu</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">The homeless are a growing community of concern, not only to nurses but to all involved with health. Found in small towns as well as high population cities, some gather in groups, others are solitary. All are individuals. Care needs are basic: food, shelter, medical and dental provision, security and love. Survival in any holistic sense requires all. Reality of obtainment varies drastically across our country, as does a modicum of welcome, acceptance and help. Dignity, self assurance, a sense of balance seem apparent in the man portrayed in this painting. Fortified against the chill Washington air, his body seems compressed by at least four bulky layers of faded, worn clothes, an overlarge, perhaps newspaper stuffed cap . . . and a sack, to tote his worldly goods. Tape secures his pant legs from drafts. Pausing outside a church he squints against the sun, facing the photographer with composure. &ldquo;How is your day?&rdquo; he asked. And, &ldquo;yes, you may take my picture.&rdquo; He did not act offended nor angry, defensive nor ashamed. He did not strike a pose, she did not request it. &ldquo;I asked to take his picture because I thought he looked like Santa Claus&rdquo; my daughter said. &ldquo;He was nice to talk with, although we didn&rsquo;t say much&rdquo;, &ldquo;And then we went our separate ways&rdquo;. A human interaction, with mutual respect. Isn&rsquo;t that what we should be about? And if we can help provide for needs, shouldn&rsquo;t we? Individually, as a group, through legislative activity in our nursing organizations . . . in our communities and out country. This picture provides a reminder of needs, but also of strengths. Church is a symbol of compassion often a provider of food, for body and soul. The sun is bright and throws shadows: of a cross&hellip; one to bear or one to guide? A crown of thorns almost is clear across his chest&hellip; or is it smudge and wear? The body shadow&hellip; bowed in supplication, or hung in despair? We make of shadows what we wish. But for the man and so many others like him, we must open our senses to recognize how and where we can assist. He is homeless, not helpless not hopeless. He is a fellow human from whom we can learn and with whom we can share. I am on the governing board of the Pocatello Fire Clinic. We care for an increasing number of homeless families. I try to convey to my students the awareness of these people, very much a part of our communities. Their needs are often profound, the challenge to meet them may be overwhelming&hellip; but, the heart of the need is respectful, humanistic recognition which nurses are morally obligated to provided in every client/patient interaction.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:42:52Z-
dc.date.issued2001-11-10en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:42:52Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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