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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/157587
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Healthcare for the Homeless: Nursing School and City Partnership
Abstract:
Healthcare for the Homeless: Nursing School and City Partnership
Conference Sponsor:Western Institute of Nursing
Conference Year:2009
Author:Pennington, Karen S., PhD, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Regis University, Rueckert-Hartmann College for Health Professions, Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Title:Associate Professor
Contact Address:3333 Regis Blvd, G-8, Denver, CO, 80221-1099, USA
Contact Telephone:303-964-5341
Co-Authors:Mary Jo Coast, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Maura Kroh, Clinical Placement Coordinator
Purpose/Aims: The overall goal of Project H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Partnered with Education) , developed by an interdisciplinary team within the School of Nursing, is to provide baccalaureate nursing students with a greater understanding of underserved populations, health care delivery systems and additionally to encourage their future work with marginalized populations upon graduation. This poster describes our partnership with the City and of and Regis University Project H.O.P.E. based on?s intensive ten year plan to end homelessness. Background/ Rationale: Although there is extant research on the homeless, less is available suggesting an innovative community partnership such as Project H.O.P.E. to offer consistent health care to this population. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) noted that chronic homelessness is decreasing, while newly homeless is on the rise (increased by 23.5% since 2006). The majority of homeless are male between the ages of 35-50 years of age (Savage et. al. 2006); however, 28% of homeless are children and adolescents and numbers of homeless women are increasing (CCH, 2007). Additionally, many studies cite barriers to health care utilization by homeless persons in spite of the research indicating that chronic health conditions such as substance abuse disorders, depression, chronic back pain, hypertension, arthritis, asthma, foot complaints, and diabetes are present. Savage, et.al., (2006) noted that 61% percent of the surveyed participants had used the Emergency Department (ED) in the last six months, and 40% used the ED at least once a month. About 4,693 persons are homeless in on any given day and economic conditions such as job lay-offs, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcies, and state and federal cutbacks in available funding worsen the situation (Denver Commission to End Homelessness Ten Year Plan, 2004). These data support innovative partnerships to address the growing healthcare need for this population. Description: Project H.O.P.E. is a Community Health Nursing clinical experience offered in the senior year of the program. Students in Project H.O.P.E., supervised by clinical faculty, perform assessments, basic first aid, education, and referrals to the homeless. Students develop professional nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes while providing care to the underserved and marginalized in a setting that challenges them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Outcomes Achieved: Students collected descriptive information on the homeless population during the Spring and Fall rotations of 2007and 2008. The majority served were males between the ages of 31-45 (24%) and 46-65 (31%). Correlations were found among site placement and age, clothing/supplies given, wound care, referrals given, assessments, and season of the year. Student evaluations revealed paradigm shifts in attitudes and inspired advocacy toward this population. Conclusions/Implications: Through the descriptive information we gain insight on demographics, conditions observed, and interventions offered which  offers us direction for quality improvement in curriculum design for the Community Health Nursing course, direction for future student groups working in shelters and with Street Outreach Workers, and information useful to strengthening partnerships with organizations working with the homeless population in.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Western Institute of Nursing

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleHealthcare for the Homeless: Nursing School and City Partnershipen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/157587-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Healthcare for the Homeless: Nursing School and City Partnership</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Western Institute of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2009</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Pennington, Karen S., PhD, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Regis University, Rueckert-Hartmann College for Health Professions, Loretto Heights School of Nursing</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Associate Professor</td></tr><tr class="item-address"><td class="label">Contact Address:</td><td class="value">3333 Regis Blvd, G-8, Denver, CO, 80221-1099, USA</td></tr><tr class="item-phone"><td class="label">Contact Telephone:</td><td class="value">303-964-5341</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">kpenning@regis.edu</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Mary Jo Coast, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Maura Kroh, Clinical Placement Coordinator</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Purpose/Aims: The overall goal of Project H.O.P.E. (Homeless Outreach Partnered with Education) , developed by an interdisciplinary team within the School of Nursing, is to provide baccalaureate nursing students with a greater understanding of underserved populations, health care delivery systems and additionally to encourage their future work with marginalized populations upon graduation. This poster describes our partnership with the City and of and Regis University Project H.O.P.E. based on?s intensive ten year plan to end homelessness. Background/ Rationale: Although there is extant research on the homeless, less is available suggesting an innovative community partnership such as Project H.O.P.E. to offer consistent health care to this population. The Colorado Coalition for the Homeless (CCH) noted that chronic homelessness is decreasing, while newly homeless is on the rise (increased by 23.5% since 2006). The majority of homeless are male between the ages of 35-50 years of age (Savage et. al. 2006); however, 28% of homeless are children and adolescents and numbers of homeless women are increasing (CCH, 2007). Additionally, many studies cite barriers to health care utilization by homeless persons in spite of the research indicating that chronic health conditions such as substance abuse disorders, depression, chronic back pain, hypertension, arthritis, asthma, foot complaints, and diabetes are present. Savage, et.al., (2006) noted that 61% percent of the surveyed participants had used the Emergency Department (ED) in the last six months, and 40% used the ED at least once a month. About 4,693 persons are homeless in on any given day and economic conditions such as job lay-offs, mortgage foreclosures, bankruptcies, and state and federal cutbacks in available funding worsen the situation (Denver Commission to End Homelessness Ten Year Plan, 2004). These data support innovative partnerships to address the growing healthcare need for this population. Description: Project H.O.P.E. is a Community Health Nursing clinical experience offered in the senior year of the program. Students in Project H.O.P.E., supervised by clinical faculty, perform assessments, basic first aid, education, and referrals to the homeless. Students develop professional nursing knowledge, skills and attitudes while providing care to the underserved and marginalized in a setting that challenges them physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. Outcomes Achieved: Students collected descriptive information on the homeless population during the Spring and Fall rotations of 2007and 2008. The majority served were males between the ages of 31-45 (24%) and 46-65 (31%). Correlations were found among site placement and age, clothing/supplies given, wound care, referrals given, assessments, and season of the year. Student evaluations revealed paradigm shifts in attitudes and inspired advocacy toward this population. Conclusions/Implications: Through the descriptive information we gain insight on demographics, conditions observed, and interventions offered which&nbsp; offers us direction for quality improvement in curriculum design for the Community Health Nursing course, direction for future student groups working in shelters and with Street Outreach Workers, and information useful to strengthening partnerships with organizations working with the homeless population in.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T20:00:39Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T20:00:39Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipWestern Institute of Nursingen_GB
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