Leading, Learning, Serving: A Nursing Faculty Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities among a Homeless Shelter Population

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10755/308618
Category:
Abstract
Type:
Presentation
Title:
Leading, Learning, Serving: A Nursing Faculty Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities among a Homeless Shelter Population
Author(s):
Penland, Kimberly S.; Wilson, Meg E.; Erickson, Cheryl L.; Roberts, Teresa M.
Lead Author STTI Affiliation:
Xi Nu at-Large
Author Details:
Kimberly S. Penland, PhD, FNP-BC, kpenland@sf.edu; Meg E. Wilson, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CNE; Cheryl L. Erickson, MA, FNP-BC, CNE; Teresa M. Roberts, MSN, RN
Abstract:

Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013

Homeless women and children often lack access to basic health care and may delay seeking medical treatment until symptoms are severe. Many barriers to healthcare exist, such as lack of trust of healthcare providers, high costs, transportation, uncertainty of where to go for treatment, lack of child care, and long waiting times. These barriers may lead to marginalization resulting in health disparities (Wilson, 2005).  

To address this vulnerable population at a local level, nursing faculty at a university partnered with a homeless shelter and community agencies to develop a nurse practitioner managed, free clinic located in the shelter. The clinic is not intended to be the medical home for residents, but provides a safety net until they are able to establish consistent medical care.  Admission physicals, infectious disease screenings, and chronic and acute care needs are addressed.  Health care education and illness prevention is a priority, as well as linking residents to appropriate community resources and helping them find a medical home. Since the clinic is located inside the shelter, many barriers such as transportation, lack of childcare, cost, and long waiting periods to access healthcare are eliminated.  Education regarding appropriate use of ER services and access to healthcare in the clinic likely reduces many unnecessary ER visits.

This innovative partnership provides leadership and mentorship opportunities for advanced practice nurses as they direct ongoing development and management of the clinic.  The clinic enables faculty, students and alumni to deliver patient-centered care and establish a commitment for continued service to an underserved population.

Keywords:
Faculty practice; Homeless shelter clinic; Nurse practitioner managed clinic
Repository Posting Date:
19-Dec-2013
Date of Publication:
19-Dec-2013
Conference Date:
2013
Conference Name:
42nd Biennial Convention
Conference Host:
Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursing
Conference Location:
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Description:
42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriott

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.language.isoen_USen_GB
dc.type.categoryAbstracten_GB
dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleLeading, Learning, Serving: A Nursing Faculty Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities among a Homeless Shelter Populationen_GB
dc.contributor.authorPenland, Kimberly S.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorWilson, Meg E.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorErickson, Cheryl L.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorRoberts, Teresa M.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentXi Nu at-Largeen_GB
dc.author.detailsKimberly S. Penland, PhD, FNP-BC, kpenland@sf.edu; Meg E. Wilson, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, CNE; Cheryl L. Erickson, MA, FNP-BC, CNE; Teresa M. Roberts, MSN, RNen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/308618-
dc.description.abstract<p>Session presented on: Saturday, November 16, 2013</p>Homeless women and children often lack access to basic health care and may delay seeking medical treatment until symptoms are severe. Many barriers to healthcare exist, such as lack of trust of healthcare providers, high costs, transportation, uncertainty of where to go for treatment, lack of child care, and long waiting times. These barriers may lead to marginalization resulting in health disparities (Wilson, 2005).   <p>To address this vulnerable population at a local level, nursing faculty at a university partnered with a homeless shelter and community agencies to develop a nurse practitioner managed, free clinic located in the shelter. The clinic is not intended to be the medical home for residents, but provides a safety net until they are able to establish consistent medical care.  Admission physicals, infectious disease screenings, and chronic and acute care needs are addressed.  Health care education and illness prevention is a priority, as well as linking residents to appropriate community resources and helping them find a medical home. Since the clinic is located inside the shelter, many barriers such as transportation, lack of childcare, cost, and long waiting periods to access healthcare are eliminated.  Education regarding appropriate use of ER services and access to healthcare in the clinic likely reduces many unnecessary ER visits. <p>This innovative partnership provides leadership and mentorship opportunities for advanced practice nurses as they direct ongoing development and management of the clinic.  The clinic enables faculty, students and alumni to deliver patient-centered care and establish a commitment for continued service to an underserved population.en_GB
dc.subjectFaculty practiceen_GB
dc.subjectHomeless shelter clinicen_GB
dc.subjectNurse practitioner managed clinicen_GB
dc.date.available2013-12-19T17:33:40Z-
dc.date.issued2013-12-19-
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-19T17:33:40Z-
dc.conference.date2013en_GB
dc.conference.name42nd Biennial Conventionen_GB
dc.conference.hostSigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society of Nursingen_GB
dc.conference.locationIndianapolis, Indiana, USAen_GB
dc.description42nd Biennial Convention 2013 Theme: Give Back to Move Forward. Held at the JW Marriotten_GB
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