Nursing and Health Care for the Homeless

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Juanita K. Hunter
SUNY Press, 1993 - Social Science - 235 pages
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The lack of shelter creates many health hazards for the homeless and the lack of regular health care exacerbates chronic illnesses and fosters poor health practices within this group. Homeless children lack immunizations, evidence developmental delays and have increased school related health problems.

Nursing, along with other health care professions, is concerned about health care available for the homeless. Schools of nursing and individual nurses have joined with other health care providers in developing special programs to meet the needs of this population. These providers have now documented specific information about the composition of the homeless as a group and their health care needs. This book provides a national perspective of nurses' service delivery, research and experiences in working with the homeless.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Nursing Care for the Underserved Crisis and Opportunity
7
Homelessness and Public Policy
17
Evolution and Population Characteristics of a NurseManaged Health Center for the Homeless and HighRisk LowIncome Families
33
Health Perceptions of the Homeless A Survey of Buffalos City Mission
51
Analysis of the Differences and Similarities Between Homeless People Seen at Onsite Health Clinics in Soup Kitchens and Shelters
65
Characteristics of Homeless Families A Research Report
71
A Nursing Model for Addressing the Health Needs of Homeless Families
81
Homeless Families in Westchester A Case Study in Individual Social and Professional Ethics
137
Is Mental Health Care a Priority Need of Homeless People?
145
Predictors of Homelessness in the Severely Mentally III
151
The Department of Veterans Affairs Program for the Homeless Chronically Mentally III Veteran
159
The Homeless Population A Clinical Laboratory for Students in Community Health and PsychiatricMental Health Nursing
173
Testing a CollegeBased Nursing Model for Health Care for the Homeless
179
Development of a Model NurseManaged Clinic for the Homeless
201
A Survey of Evaluation Approaches for Health Care in Homeless Projects
207

Health Needs of Infants and Children in Homeless Families in Houston Texas
95
Providing Quality ChildCare for Homeless Children A Descriptive Study of the Seattle Experience
107
Model for Assessment of Homeless Children
117
Role of Clinical Nurse Specialist in Homeless Populations
125
Essentials of Establishing an Outreach HealthCare Unit for the Homeless
131
The Role of Nurses and Nursing Schools in Health Services for the Homeless
215
Summary
219
Contributors
221
Index
225
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Juanita K. Hunter is Assistant Professor and Project Director of the Nursing Center for the Homeless at State University of New York at Buffalo s School of Nursing.

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